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Portland and RSL only teams to clinch playoff berths
by Paul Kennedy, October 19th, 2013 5:38PM

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[MLS REWIND: Week 34] On another night of dramatic swings, only two teams, Portland and Real Salt Lake, who played to a 0-0 tie, clinched playoff berths, leaving nine teams in contention for the six remaining spots.

The Timbers and Real Salt Lake ended up playing to a 0-0 tie thanks in large part to the work of Nick Rimando in the RSL goal. The result sent Portland to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons in MLS, while RSL will return to the postseason for the sixth year in a row under Coach Jason Kreis.

New England and Colorado bolstered their playoff hopes with dramatic 3-2 wins over Columbus and Vancouver, respectively, that eliminated both losers, while Mike Magee's cheeky Panenka was the difference as Chicago stayed in the playoff zone with a 1-0 win over Toronto FC.

The Revs twice blew leads before prevailing over the Crew on Diego Fagundez's team-high 13th goal of the season.

In Colorado, the Rapids came back from 1-0 but then blew a 2-1 lead before Panamanian Gabriel Torres scored his second goal of the game for a 3-2 win over the 'Caps that moved them into a three-way tie for third place in the Western Conference, just two points out of first place.

SOUNDERS SLIP UP AGAIN. In recent months, Seattle had a slew of games in hand that made it the favorite for the Supporters' Shield, but FC Dallas' 2-0 win over the Sounders Saturday extended their losing streak to four games and extinguished their regular-season title hopes. Montreal, on the other hand, ended its slide with a 2-1 comeback win over Philadelphia.

Brazilian Michel set up Matt Hedges for the first goal and scored the second in Schellas Hyndman’s final home game as Dallas head coach.

Montreal, on the other hand, ended its slide with a 2-1 comeback win over Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. Goals from Marco Di Vaio and homegrown player Karl Ouimette gave the Impact its first win in seven games.

Di Vaio, who announced earlier in the week he'd return in 2014, took over the scoring lead with his 20th goal of the season until Mike Magee matched him with a Panenka from the penalty spot in Chicago's game against Toronto FC still in progress.

Friday ...

Dom Dwyer
, who helped Orlando City win the USL PRO title earlier in the year, scored in the seventh minute and the goal held up for a 1-0 win over D.C. United that moved Sporting Kansas City back in the lead for the Supporters' Shield. Three teams -- New York, Portland and Real Salt Lake -- have a shot at overtaking Sporting KC with wins over the weekend.

Perry Kitchen coughed up the ball outside the D.C. area, allowing Dwyer to score the easiest of goals. D.C. United finished its road campaign without a win.

MLS WEEK 34, Results:
Saturday, October 19
Portland 0 Real Salt Lake 0.
Att.: 20,674.

Saturday, October 19
Chicago 1 Toronto FC 0.
CHI: Magee (pen.) 64.
Att.: 19,869.

Magee Goal:


Saturday, October 19
Colorado 3 Vancouver 2.
VAN: Kekuta Manneh (Daigo Kobayashi) 32
COL: Gabriel Torres 41
COL: Deshorn Brown (Clinton Irwin) 51
VAN: Camilo 75
COL: Gabriel Torres (Deshorn Brown) 77
Att.: 18,103.

Torres' Goal #2:


Saturday, October 19

New England 3 Columbus 2.
NE:  A.J. Soares (Kelyn Rowe) 32
CLB: Dominic Oduro (Aaron Schoenfeld) 59
NE: Chris Tierney 69
CLB: Aaron Schoenfeld (Dominic Oduro) 71
NE: Diego Fagundez (Andy Dorman, Dimitry Imbongo) 76
Att.: 26,548.

Saturday, October 19
Montreal 2 Philadelphia 1.
PHI: Fabinho (Kleberson) 29
MTL: Marco Di Vaio (Danny Arnaud, Felipe) 64
MTL: Karl Ouimette (Justin Mapp) 84
Att.: 18,993.

Saturday, October 19
FC Dallas 2 Seattle 0.
FCD: Matt Hedges  (Michel) 65
FCD: Michel 87
Att.: 15,017.

Friday, October 18
Sporting KC 1 D.C. United 0.
SKC: Dom Dwyer 7
Att.: 18,932.

Dwyer Goal:



Wednesday, October 16
LA Galaxy 1 Montreal 0.
LA: Kofi Opare (Gyasi Zardes) 68
Att.: 13,320.

MLS WEEK 34, Schedule:
Sunday, October 20
4 pm ET
Houston vs. New York UniMas
9 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose ESPN
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/-

55 (33) *Sporting KC 16-10-7 45/29
53 (32) *New York 15-9-8 50/39
49 (33) Montreal 14-12-7 50/48
49 (33) Chicago 14-12-7 45/47
48 (33) New England 13-11-9 48/38
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48 (32) Houston 13-10-9 39/37
46 (33) Philadelphia 12-11-10 41/42
41 (33) Columbus 12-16-5 42/45
26 (33) Toronto FC 5-17-11 29/47
16 (33) D.C. United 3-23-7 21/57
*Clinched playoff berth.

Western Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/-
54 (33) *Portland 13-5-15 49/33
53 (33) *Real Salt Lake 15-10-8 55/40
51 (32) LA Galaxy 15-11-6 52/37
51 (33) Seattle 15-12-6 41/41
51 (33) Colorado 14-10-9 45/35
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47 (32) San Jose 13-11-8 33/41
45 (33) Vancouver 12-12-9 50/45
44 (33) FC Dallas 11-11-11 47/50
26 (32) Chivas USA 6-18-8 29/60
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
20+1 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
20+1 Mike Magee (LA Galaxy/Chicago)
19+1 Camilo (Vancouver)
15 Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
13+1 Diego Fagundez (New England)
13+1 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
11 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
11 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
11 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
11 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)

MLS WEEK 35, Schedule:
Wednesday, October 23
9 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA

Saturday, October 26
3 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Sporting KC NBCSN
4 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Montreal Univision Dep.
5:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. FC Dallas NBCSN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Portland

Sunday, October 27
1:30 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Houston NBC
4 pm ET
Columbus vs. New England
5 pm ET
New York vs. Chicago UniMas
8 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Colorado
9 pm ET
Seattle vs. LA Galaxy ESPN


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