Sounders lose home advantage

Sounders lose home advantage

Mike Magee (C) of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates with Christian Wilhelmsson(L) and Marcelo Sarvas after scoring the game’s only goal against the Seattle Sounders

CARSON, Calif. ●   Mike Magee scored on a pass from Robbie Keane in the 83rd minute, and the Los Angeles Galaxy hurt Seattle’s playoff position with a 1-0 victory over the Sounders on Sunday night in the MLS regular-season finale.

Josh Saunders also earned his ninth shutout for the defending league champion Galaxy, who got a late goal from a veteran substitute to win a game with much more importance for Seattle.

Los Angeles already was locked into fourth place in the Western Conference. The Galaxy will host the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday night in a one-game knockout playoff for the right to face top-seeded San Jose in the conference semifinals.

The loss left Seattle in third place in the West with 56 points, allowing Real Salt Lake to finish second with 57 points.

A win or tie would have put the Sounders into the second slot, but Salt Lake will have home-field advantage in the second game of their conference semifinal.

After a lively game featuring numerous near-misses by both offenses, Magee scored from just outside the penalty area when the Sounders left him unmarked. Magee easily converted a pass from Keane, who capped his standout second half of the season with several near-goals and the decisive assist.

FC DALLAS 2, CHIVAS USA 2

Laurent Courtois and Juan Agudelo scored in stoppage game to lift Chivas USA into the tie with FC Dallas in the season finale for both clubs.

Jackson and Fabian Castillo scored for Dallas (9-13-12), which finished sixth in the Western Conference.

Chivas USA (7-18-9) closed the season with a franchise-record winless streak of 14 games. It was outscored 37-10 during the 0-10-4 finish, leaving it last in the Western Conference.

Courtois scored his first goal of the season in the 90th minute to trim FC Dallas’ lead to 2-1. Courtois, who entered in the 80th minute, received a short pass from Ben Zemanski and his soft chip shot from 15 yards out slipped past goalkeeper Kevin Hartman just inside the left post.

Then, moments after Castillo was denied by goalkeeper Tim Melia, Chivas USA completed the comeback when Agudelo scored in the 94th minute.

Jackson put FC Dallas in front with his fourth goal in the 73rd minute. Castillo tacked on his sixth goal in the 80th minute.

CREW 2, TORONTO FC 1

Federico Higuain converted a penalty kick for his second goal of the game, sending Columbus to the win in the season finale for both teams.

Higuain was taken down by Terry Dunfield in the 62nd minute before scoring his fifth goal. He also scored in the 17th minute.

Andrew Wiedeman had Toronto’s goal in the 27th minute. He ran to a long pass from Ryan Johnson and beat goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.

Toronto was winless (0-10-4) in its final 14 games to finish with a 5-21-8 record and the fewest points in the league.

The Crew (15-12-7) finished sixth in the Eastern Conference with 52 points, one behind Houston for the final postseason spot.

TIMBERS 1, EARTHQUAKES 1

Chris Wondolowski tied the MLS single-season record with his 27th goal and the San Jose Earthquakes wrapped up the regular season with a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

Wondolowski scored in the 24th minute, matching the record set by Roy Lassiter of Tampa Bay in 1996. The 29-year-old forward booted a penalty kick into the lower left corner of the net after Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was whistled for taking out Steven Lenhart in a race to secure the ball.

San Jose (19-6-9) has already secured its second Supporters’ Shield and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Earthquakes went undefeated in their last 10 matches and lead the league with 72 goals. They will face the winner of the Nov. 1 match between Los Angeles Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps in first round.

The Timbers (8-16-10) appeared to be going down to defeat in the cold, steady drizzle until Bright Dike scored his fifth goal in the 67th minute to tie the score and put some life into the Portland attack.

UNITED 1, FIRE 1

Lionard Pajoy scored in the 50th minute, and Bill Hamid made eight saves to help United rally to tie Chicago.

The draw gave D.C. second place in the Eastern Conference.

United (17-10-7) went 5-0-2 in its last seven matches to finish with 58 points, one more than New York and Chicago (17-11-6). New York finished third, ahead of fourth-place Chicago, on a tiebreaker.

With New York beating Philadelphia earlier in the day, the Fire needed to beat D.C. to avoid playing in the first-round one-game elimination round.

Instead, Chicago will host fifth-place Houston in that game Wednesday night. The winner plays Eastern Conference champion Kansas City in the second round.

Patrick Nyarko scored for Chicago in the 16th minute.

RED BULLS 3, UNION 0

Kenny Cooper scored twice, and Thierry Henry added a goal for New York.

The Red Bulls (16-9-9) reached the playoffs for the third straight year, and the ninth time in 10 seasons. New York won all three matches this season against the Union (10-18-6), who lost their final three games and will miss the postseason for the second time in three years.

Cooper scored on a penalty kick in the 13th minute after Tim Cahill was taken down by defender Carlos Valdes in the box a minute earlier. Henry scored his 15th goal to make it 2-0 in the 35th minute.

Cooper added his team-leading 18th goal – and fifth against Philadelphia this season – in the 66th minute.

RAPIDS 2, DYNAMO 0

Kamani Hill and Andre Akpan scored to help Colorado beat playoff-bound Houston.

Colorado (11-19-4) finished one of the worst campaigns in franchise history with only its second two-game winning streak of the year. The Rapids were 3-5-3 in their last 11 games.

Goalkeeper Steward Ceus posted his second shutout in his second career MLS start.

Houston (14-9-11) had already rapped up fifth place in the Eastern Conference and its sixth playoff appearance in seven years. The Dynamo will play Chicago in the wild-card game Wednesday night in Chicago.

Houston rested many of its regulars including its top five goal scorers and starting goalkeeper Tally Hall. Tyler Deric subbed for Hall and made his first career MLS start.

REVOLUTION 1, IMPACT 0

A.J. Soares scored in the 89th minute to lift New England past Montreal.

Soares was inside the box to head Chris Tierney’s free kick past the reach of goalkeeper Troy Perkins for an unsatisfying end to a game the Impact mostly dominated.

The Revolution (9-17-8) ended a 13-game winless run in road matches and won for the first time in Canada soil, having previously gone 0-5-3 in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

The Impact finished the season 12-16-6.

WHITESCAPS 0, REAL SALT LAKE 0

Real Salt Lake played to the scoreless draw with Vancouver and made a little bit of history along the way in the regular-season finale.

RSL (17-11-6) became just the second MLS team to not allow a goal in the first 15 minutes of any regular-season match when it held Vancouver (11-13-10) scoreless before halftime. Houston also accomplished the feat in 2009. Both teams qualified for the playoffs.

 

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