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Kansas City, Real Salt Lake make playoffs

Kansas City, Real Salt Lake make playoffs

Kansas City and Real Salt Lake secured playoff berths while Colorado fell short of the same goal on the penultimate day of the Major League Soccer regular season on Saturday.
Kansas City won 3-1 away at New England in the final match of the regular season for both teams.
Colorado conceded a last-minute equalizer to be held 1-1 at home by Real Salt Lake in what was also the last match for both, meaning the Utah club had made the playoffs for the first time, while the Rapids had missed in consecutive years for the first time.
New York, which lost 5-2 at Chicago on Thursday, currently holds the eighth and last playoff spot. However the Red Bulls can be overhauled by D.C. United, which will need to win away at Columbus on Sunday, the final day of the regular season.
Kansas City had gone 13 games without a win entering the game at New England, which had two men sent off.
Former Valencia and Lazio winger Claudio Lopez converted a penalty in the 28th minute to put the Wizards on their way.
Davy Arnaud made it 2-0 for the visitors in the 53rd minute, and they secured the result in the 88th minute when Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst put the ball into his own net.
New England's consolation came in the 90th minute when midfielder Jeff Larentowicz's long-range drive was deflected into the net.
Gabriel Badilla and midfielder Khano Smith received red cards and are now ineligible for the Revolution's first playoff game against Chicago on Thursday.
Colorado and Real Salt Lake entered their game with both teams alive in the playoff race.
The Rapids looked like they had booked a place in the final eight when they held onto the lead from Conor Casey's 19th minute goal.
But Yura Movsisyan scored in the 90th minute to force the draw, and put Real Salt Lake into the playoffs at Colorado's expense.
Salt Lake will host Chivas in the playoff opener on Nov. 1.
Chivas and Houston had already booked their postseason places before they met Saturday, with Chivas also getting a last-gasp equalizer.
Dwayne De Rosario converted a penalty in the 50th minute to put visiting Houston in front, before Jim Curtin pulled Chivas level in the 90th minute.
Chivas was dealt a blow when goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was sent off early in the second half. Kennedy will miss the playoff opener at Real Salt Lake.
Houston will open the playoffs at either New York or DC United.
In a meeting of two teams already eliminated from playoff contention, San Jose had a 2-0 home win over Toronto, with goals from Ryan Cochrane and Shea Salinas.


Updated : 2021-04-16 19:41 GMT+08:00