Rapids keep hopes alive with 3-0 win over FC Dallas

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Jack Price scored his first goal of the season, Tim Howard earned his fifth shutout in his last game and the Colorado Rapids kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday.

Colorado (12-15-6) remained three points behind Dallas (12-12-9), which holds the final playoff spot — one point up on San Jose with one game remaining.

Howard, the long-time U.S. national team goalkeeper, made three saves in his 38th career regular-season shutout. Howard played with the U.S. every year from 2002, amassing 121 caps and in 2014 set a World Cup record with 16 saves in a match. He played six years in MLS before going to the English Premier League for 13 years and concluded his career with four seasons in Colorado.

Howard went out a winner as Price, dribbling unimpeded down the pitch, sent a low bender from distance into the corner.

That stood until Diego Rubio’s free kick, which he sent through the wall after a take shot by Price. Rubio’s 11th goal game in the fourth minute of stoppage time in the first half.

Kei Kamara, thwarted on a penalty kick in the first half, sealed it in the 72nd with a give-and-go for a close-range 13th goal on the season.

Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez made seven saves.