SANDY, Utah (AP) David Texeira scored and FC Dallas beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Saturday night to clinching the Western Conference title and a berth in the conference semifinals.
FC Dallas (17-10-6) also is contention for the Supporters’ Shield as the overall regular-season champion.
After a first half that saw Real Salt Lake (11-14-8) control the action, FC Dallas switched tactics in the second half and the change was dynamic.
Mauro Diaz threaded a long pass to David Texeira racing into the 18-yard box and he fired a shot into the top left corner of the goal in 57th minute – just as rain soaked Rio Tinto Stadium.
A frustrated Real Salt Lake, which had its streak of MLS playoff appearances snapped at seven, was ticketed for five yellow cards, four in the second half.
IMPACT 1, REVOLUTION 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Ignacio Piatti scored in the 55th minute and Montreal secured a playoff berth with a victory over New England.
Piatti’s goal was an entirely individual effort from winning the ball at midfield and weaving through a series of defenders to shielding New England’s Scott Caldwell with an arm bar and finishing into the top right corner from outside the 18-yard box.
The Impact (14-13-6, 48 points) moved ahead of the Revolution into a fourth-place tie with D.C. United in the Eastern Conference.
The Revs (13-12-8, 47 points) extended their winless streak to four and missed a playoff-clinching opportunity in front of a regular-season record crowd of 42,947 at Gillette Stadium.
With one game to go, New England leads its only challenger for the final playoff position, Orlando City, by three points and has an eight-goal advantage in the differential tiebreaker.
CREW 2, TORONTO FC 0
TORONTO (AP) – Ethan Finlay and Federico Higuain scored to help Columbus beat Toronto.
The Crew (14-11-8) ended Toronto’s club-record winning streak at four games. Toronto dropped to 15-14-4.
Finlay opened the scoring in the 40th minute and Federico Higuain connected in second-half stoppage time. Finlay put Gaston Sauro’s header past a sprawling Joe Bendik for his 10th goal of the season.