Sporting KC clinches playoff berth with 2-0 win over San Jose
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Benny Feilhaber had a goal and an assist, Tim Melia had four saves and Sporting Kansas City secured a playoff spot with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in the regular-season finale Sunday.
Feilhaber scored his seventh goal on a penalty kick in the seventh minute and assisted on Graham Zusi's goal in the 88th minute. After a turnover, Feilhaber fed the ball right to Zusi, who put a hard shot into the top right corner for his second goal. It was Feilhaber's 13th assist.
Kansas City (13-13-8) moved up a spot to the fifth seed in the Western Conference and will play at fourth-seeded Seattle on Thursday in the knockout round.
San Jose (8-12-14) was already eliminated from the playoffs.
Melia earned his eighth shutout to help KC get just its second win in seven matches.