D.C. United defeats Revolution

Latest loss ends hopes for playoffs

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 15: Matt Reis #1 of the New England Revolution blocks the ball against Branko Boskovic #8 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis blocked the ball against Branko Boskovic during New England's loss to D.C. United Saturday night.
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The New England Revolution were officially eliminated from the MLS Cup playoff race after losing to D.C. United, 2-1, Saturday night in Washington.

With just five games remaining in the regular season, the Revolution won’t be able to catch five of the 10 Eastern Conference teams.

D.C. United midfielder Lewis Neal’s 63d-minute goal sealed New England’s fate. United (13-10-5, 44 points) snapped a three-game winless streak, while the Revolution (7-15-7, 28) lost for the first time in three matches.

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The winning goal was set up when midfielder Chris Pontius, who scored the other D.C. goal, made two strong moves on the left side of the box and centered to Neal, who had come in as a sub for Branko Boskovic in the 56th minute. Neal sent a left-footer past diving Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis, extending D.C. United’s unbeaten streak at RFK to 14 games.

The Revolution struck first in the 29th minute when Kelyn Rowe sneaked behind left back Chris Korb and ran onto a through ball from midfielder Diego Fagundez. Rowe drilled it high on D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid, and it went in just under the crossbar.

A diving save by Hamid kept Rowe from tying the game in the final minutes.

Red Bulls 3, Crew 1 — Thierry Henry scored two goals and added an assist to lead visiting New York over Columbus.

The victory enabled the Red Bulls (14-7-7) to remain unbeaten at home this season (10-0-3) and gave New York sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls are the only MLS club to remain undefeated at home.

Fire 3, Impact 1 — Alex and fellow midfielder Alvaro Fernandez scored in the second half to lead host Chicago’s comeback win over Montreal.

The win pulled the Fire (15-8-5) within a point of Eastern Conference leader Sporting Kansas City. Chicago has 50 points and third-place New York is right behind with 49.

FC Dallas 1, Whitecaps 0 — Julian De Guzman scored in stoppage time to give FC Dallas the victory in Vancouver.

FC Dallas (9-12-9) now trails the Whitecaps (10-12-7) by 1 point with the two clubs battling for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Vancouver has played one fewer game this season than FC Dallas, which won the season series 2-0-1.

Sounders 1, Timbers 1— Rodney Wallace headed in a corner kick in the 78th minute and host Portland stalled Seattle’s playoff push with a draw.

Freddy Montero scored for the Sounders (13-6-9), who are second in the Western Conference.

Union 1, Toronto FC 1 — Sheanon Williams scored in the 85th minute to lift Philadelphia to a draw in Toronto.

Eric Hassli put Toronto (5-17-7), vying for its MLS win in nearly two months, ahead in the 58th minute. It was the French striker’s second goal in two games and his third in six outings since joining Toronto from Vancouver.

Earthquakes 2, Chivas USA 0 — Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in the first half and Alan Gordon added a goal in the second to lead host San Jose over Chivas USA.

With the win, San Jose (17-6-5) extended its Western Conference lead over Seattle to 8 points.