Red Bulls beat Fire 2-1, win MLS Supporters’ Shield
BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois (AP) Sacha Kljestan scored one goal and set up another as the New York Red Bulls won the Supporters’ Shield as Major League Soccer’s regular-season champion with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday.
The top-seeded Red Bulls, who have a first-round bye in the Eastern Conference playoffs, won their second Supporters’ Shield in three seasons. They also ended a 14-game winless streak at Toyota Park.
The Fire finished with consecutive losses and at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The Red Bulls struck quickly in the eighth minute when Kljestan lofted his corner to Sal Zizzo, who headed the ball to Bradley Wright-Phillips. Wright-Phillips was left unmarked and he easily tapped the ball in the back of the net for his 17th goal of the season.
Kljestan scored from the penalty spot in the 35th minute. Gilberto scored for the Fire in the 78th.
In Frisco, Texas, Victor Ulloa slipped a shot underneath diving goalkeeper David Bingham in the 79th minute as FC Dallas eliminated San Jose from the MLS playoffs with a 2-1 win.
FC Dallas won the Western Conference and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Quincy Amarikwa scored in the 13th minute for San Jose and Mauro Diaz equalized in the 38th.
Vancouver earned a first-round bye in the playoffs with a second-place finish in the Western Conference after Kekuta Manneh and Kendall Waston scored in the second half to give the Whitecaps a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo.
Portland finished third in the Western Conference with 53 points as Darlington Nagbe scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season in the Timbers’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
The Timbers will host Sporting Kansas City in the first round of playoffs.
In other games, Dominic Dwyer scored the go-ahead goal in the 65th minute as Sporting Kansas City secured a playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy, while Seattle’s Clint Dempsey scored two goals and set up another in the first 20 minutes of the Sounders’ 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake.
The New England Revolution earned a playoff spot with a 3-1 victory over New York City, Columbus wrap up second place in the Eastern Conference with a commanding 5-0 victory over D.C. United, the Montreal Impact edged Toronto FC 2-1 and the Philadelphia Union defeated Orlando City 1-0.