MLS Roundup: Columbus stuns New York, Toronto FC misses playoffs again
New York 1 – Columbus 3
Toronto FC 1 – Montréal 1
Felipe ended Toronto FC’s faint playoff hopes with his equalizer shortly before halftime at BMO Field. Warren Creavalle threw the home side a lifeline by finishing a scruffy move with a tidy sidefooted finish inside the first 20 minutes. Felipe responded six minutes before halftime after Patrice Bernier and Andres Romero conspired to present him with a chance on the edge of the penalty area. Three players — Hassoun Camara, Jonathan Osorio and Heath Pearce — eventually received red cards in the waning stages, but those dismissals did not influence the result or stop the Reds from finishing outside the playoff places for the eighth consecutive season.
D.C. United 2 – Chicago 1
United completed its worst to first resurgence with a victory over the Fire at RFK Stadium. Chris Pontius struck just after the half hour to give the home side a lead before halftime. Eddie Johnson doubled the advantage early in the second half, but Harrison Shipp threw the visitors a lifeline after 67 minutes. The home side held firm in the late stages to guarantee top spot in the Eastern Conference and secure a place in the 2015-16 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Philadelphia 2 – Sporting Kansas City 1
The home side condemned Sporting to a costly setback at PPL Park. Brian Brown opened the scoring on the stroke of halftime to provide the eliminated Union with a halftime advantage. Dom Dwyer equalized from the spot early in the second half, but Pedro Ribeiro responded to send Sporting spiraling to defeat. The loss left Sporting three points behind second-place New England heading into the final weekend.
San Jose 0 – Vancouver 0
Vancouver grabbed control of its playoff destiny with a dull scoreless draw in the final Earthquakes match at Buck Shaw Stadium. Both teams struggled to produce chances on the night and ultimately settled for a share of the spoils. The tie left the Whitecaps with a one-point advantage over Portland in the race for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into the final weekend.
Colorado 0 – FC Dallas 1
FCD climbed into third spot in the Western Conference and obtained control of its own destiny with a deserved victory in Commerce City. Blas Perez separated the sides from the spot just before the hour to settle this dire affair. The victory gave FCD a one-point lead over fourth-place Real Salt Lake heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Portland 0 – Real Salt Lake 0
Nick Rimando frustrated the Timbers for much of the second half to give RSL a point at Providence Park on Friday. Rimando produced several fine stops as the desperate Timbers pushed for the winner required to bolster their postseason hopes. The compelling stalemate ensured the Timbers would enter the final weekend of the season in need of help to qualify for the postseason.
Houston 1 – New England 2
Lee Nguyen ruined Dominic Kinnear’s Houston farewell with a late winner at BBVA Compass Stadium on Thursday. Giles Barnes provided the Dynamo with a halftime lead, but Nguyen burnished his MVP credentials with a second-half double to propel the second-place Revolution to a critical victory.