D.C. United clinch 2nd in MLS Eastern Conference
Chris Wondolowski equaled the Major League Soccer single-season scoring record with his 27th goal in the San Jose Earthquakes' season-ending 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
Wondolowski scored in the 24th minute, matching the mark set by Roy Lassiter of Tampa Bay in 1996. The 29-year-old forward sent a penalty into the lower left corner of the net after Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was called for taking out Steven Lenhart in a race to secure the ball.
San Jose has already secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs after going undefeated in its last 10 matches to lead the league with 72 goals. It will face the winner of the Nov. 1 match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps in the first round of the playoffs.
The Timbers appeared to be headed for defeat in the cold, steady drizzle until Bright Dike scored his fifth goal in the 67th minute to equalize and put some life into the Portland attack.
In other matches, Kenny Cooper scored twice and Thierry Henry added a goal as New York downed the Philadelphia Union 3-0, D.C. United drew 1-1 with the Chicago Fire, the Colorado Rapids beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0, the New England Revolution defeated the Montreal Impact 1-0 and the Vancouver Whitecaps drew Real Salt Lake 0-0.
The Red Bulls 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, who lost their final three games and will miss the post-season for the second time in three years.
Cooper scored from a penalty 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 in the 66th minute.
Lionard Pajoy scored in the 50th minute at Bridgeview, Illinois to give D.C the draw with Chicago after Patrick Nyarko found the net for the Fire the 16th minute.
The draw gave D.C. second place in the Eastern Conference. Chicago will host fifth-place Houston in an elimination wildcard match Wednesday to decide who plays Eastern Conference champion Kansas City in the second round.
Kamani Hill and Andre Akpan scored to at home to help Colorado beat playoff-bound Houston.
Colorado finished one of the worst campaigns in franchise history with only its second two-game winning streak of the year.
Houston had already rapped up fifth place in the Eastern Conference and its sixth playoff appearance in seven years.
At Montreal, A.J. Soares scored in the 89th minute to give New England the win.
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.
Real Salt Lake 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 at home.
Houston also accomplished the feat in 2009. Both teams qualified for the playoffs.