Timbers shut out Chivas, win Western Conference title
CARSON, Calif. — Diego Valeri scored two first-half goals and the Portland Timbers cruised to a 5-0 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday night.
The win gives Portland the regular-season Western Conference title and with it home-field advantage through at least the first two rounds of the playoffs. Portland (14-5-15) will open the playoffs with an away match on Nov. 2 or 3 against either Seattle, Colorado or the LA Galaxy.
With the result, Chivas (6-20-4) became the 15th team in league history to finish a season with at least 20 losses.
Valeri scored in 16th and 29th minutes and assisted on Rodney Wallace's 34th-minute goal. Ryan Johnson and Will Johnson scored second-half goals to provide the final margin.
Chivas played without starting goalkeeper Dan Kennedy due to an abdominal strain.
Toronto FC 1, Montreal 0
At Toronto, Toronto FC played spoiler on Robert Earnshaw's goal, hanging on to defeat Montreal and force the Impact to await the outcome of games today to see if they make the MLS playoffs.
Montreal (14-13-7) will be out if Houston beats D.C. United, New England defeats Columbus and Chicago beats or ties New York.
Earnshaw scored his eighth goal of the season in the 16th minute for Toronto (6-17-11), which came into both clubs' regular-season finale trailing Montreal by 23 points.
After a sluggish start by both teams, Toronto began to take control and at times looked dominant as Montreal showed little sense of urgency in the "win and you're in" game.
Montreal did not manage a shot during a first half in which the BMO Field pitch seemed tilted toward the Impact goal.
Sporting Kansas City 2, Union 1
At Chester, Pa., Lawrence Olum scored in stoppage time to lift Kansas City to the victory and eliminate Philadelphia from playoff contention in the regular-season finale.
Graham Zusi also scored for Kansas City (17-10-7), which will claim the Supporters Shield for the best record in the MLS if New York loses or draws Sunday against Chicago.
Zusi opened the scoring in the 47th minute. Jack McInerney scored his team-best 12th goal to tie it for Philadelphia in the 88th minute.
Philadelphia (12-12-10) lost its final two games and missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. The Union played without midfielder and captain Brian Carroll because of yellow card accumulation.
Earthquakes 2, Fc Dallas 1
At Santa Clara, Calif., Chris Wondolowski and Walter Martinez each scored to lead San Jose past FC Dallas.
The Earthquakes came into the season finale in contention for a playoff berth, but would have needed to score 13 goals and have Colorado lose today.
Stephen Keel scored in the 90th minute for FC Dallas, which already had been eliminated from playoff contention.
David Bingham made his first start of the season for the Earthquakes.
San Jose's victory gave the retiring Ramiro Corrales a successful send off. The last original member of the MLS from 1996, Corrales made his first start since Sept. 14 and had two chances to score in the first 11 minutes.