MLS Decision Day Recap: Playoff picture now set

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BY RYAN BRISTER

The regular season is now over in Major League Soccer. The playoff slate was finalized on Sunday, as was the race at the top of the standings.

In the Supporters’ Shield race…

A scoreless draw against LA was enough for Dallas to claim the Supporters’ Shield, their second trophy of the year. Even without Mauro Diaz, Dallas will seek an unprecedented treble in the playoffs.

That draw would have been enough for Dallas regardless, but Colorado didn’t do enough in their 1-1 draw with Houston to pressure them. The Rapids will have to wait to see who they play next Sunday in the playoffs.

Also out West…

Seattle earned a home playoff game with their win over Salt Lake. RSL drops to sixth, but their playoff spot was made safe due to results elsewhere. 

Sporting Kansas City is returning to the playoffs after beating San Jose. Benny Feilhaber scored from the penalty spot, and Graham Zusi added a late goal to secure SKC’s trip to the knockout round.

Vancouver shattered Portland’s playoff hopes with a dominant 4-1 win. This marks the first time in MLS history that both MLS Cup finalists have missed the playoffs in the following season. With the three-goal victory, the Whitecaps claimed this year’s Cascadia Cup.

LA will host Salt Lake on Wednesday, Seattle will host SKC on Thursday

In the Eastern Conference

Bradley Wright-Phillips secured the Golden Boot in the Red Bulls’ 2-0 win over Philadelphia. The Union were largely lifeless, and Sacha Kljestan picked up his 20th assist on Alex Muyl’s goal in the second half. Philly has not won in their last seven matches.

New York City avoided the knockout round by beating Columbus, 4-1. David Villa’s stoppage-time goal was not enough to catch BWP in the Golden Boot race.

Toronto won big over Chicago, but were unable to take second place. The Reds fell behind early, but equalized on a penalty late in the first half and ran away with things after the break. TFC will host a playoff for the first time in franchise history.

DC is heading to the postseason on a down note; they lost to Orlando. The Lions got off to a hot start with goals by Kevin Molino and Kaka, and didn’t really look back from there.

Montreal was unable to capitalize on United’s loss. The Impact fell in New England. A crowd of 39,587 saw goals by Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo, and Kei Kamara. 

Toronto will host Philadelphia on Wednesday; DC will host Montreal on Thursday.