Dynamo books playoff spot

[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS] Two-time defending champ Houston became the second team after the Columbus Crew to clinch a playoff by downing Colorado. For the weekend's MLS high- and low-lights. ...

9. The Columbus Crew's Alejandro Moreno scored his ninth goal of the season in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy, whose 29 points are the fewest in MLS. Moreno's highest scoring season in his seven-year MLS career came when he scored eight for San Jose in 2005.

DAVID BECKHAM was cautioned in the Galaxy loss and is suspended for its next weekend's game against Colorado for accumulated yellow cards.

6. D.C. United remained winless in six games as it fell, 3-0, to Chivas USA, which got a goal and an assist from Alecko Eskandarian, who has scored in three straight games. Brazilian midfielder Dejair scored in his MLS debut and Chivas newcomer Sasha Victorine struck for the second time in three games since arriving from Kansas City.

BRIAN CHING scored twice for the Houston Dynamo, which also got a goal from Ricardo Clark, in a 3-1 win over Colorado that clinched a playoff spot for the two-time defending champ.

12. Argentine Javier Morales notched his 12th assist of the season (second in the league to fellow Argentine Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who has 18 for the Crew) and scored his sixth goal for Real Salt Lake in a 2-2 tie with New England, which came back from a two-goal deficit on goals by Steve Ralston and Taylor Twellman. Andy Williams scored Salt Lake's other goal.

CHAD BARRETT scored twice and Abdus Ibrahim got Toronto FC's third in a 3-1 win over New York that kept the Canadian club's playoff hopes alive.

9. The Kansas City Wizards tied for the ninth time this season, earning a point with a 1-1 draw against Chicago that prevented the Fire from clinching a playoff spot. Michael Harrington's second-half goal equalized Cuauhtemoc Blanco's first-half penalty-kick strike. The Wizards are tied for fifth in the East with D.C. United.

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