October 13, 2016
End of the line for Columbus, Quakes
CHICAGO FIRE 2, COLUMBUS CREW SC 2
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire aren't going to the playoffs this season, but they made sure that Columbus Crew SC would join them in the "wait 'til next year" club by playing their conference rivals to a 2-2 draw Thursday night at Toyota Park.
Crew SC (8-12-12, 36 pts) needed all three points to stay in the playoff hunt. The Fire (6-16-10) remain at the bottom of the MLS East with a league-low 28 points.
A goal by Chicago's Michael de Leeuw and an own goal by defender Michael Parkhurst canceled out an Adam Jahn brace for the visitors, sending each team home with a point and extinguishing Columbus's playoff hopes.
Jahn put Columbus on the board in the 13th minute, off a breakaway started when Justin Meram picked off a poor pass by Arturo Alvarez. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson got a piece of the shot, but not enough to keep it out of the net.
The Fire leveled the score in the 53rd minute, with help from Parkhurst. Alvarez received the ball after second half sub David Arshakyan forced a turnover. Alvarez sent a chip over the top. Arshakyan got a touch to the ball, but Parkhurst directed it into the goal while attempting to clear the ball, leveling the game at a goal apiece.
The Fire took their only lead in the 57th minute, as Alvarez continued to atone for his earlier error. Alvarez took the ball up the right side and charged to the end line before sending a pass to the center of the box where de Leeuw was waiting for the easy finish.
Crew SC knotted the score for good in the 80th minute. After sustained pressure forced a corner kick from Chicago, Mohammed Saeid found Jahn again, this time near the penalty spot. Jahn collected the cross with his back to goal, and his touch elevated the ball for a tough turnaround volley that took Johnson by surprise, tying the game in the closing minutes.
COLORADO RAPIDS 2, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.--Kevin Doyle scored both goals as the Colorado Rapids knocked the San Jose Earthquakes out of playoff contention with a 2-1 win Thursday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The win also lifted the Rapids (15-5-12, 57 points) to the top of the Western Conference and into the lead for the Supporters' Shield, one point ahead of FC Dallas. San Jose are eighth in the conference at 8-11-3 (37).
Colorado led 1-0 at the intermission on Doyle's 38th-minute goal. The Irish forward darted past defender Jordan Stewart to launch a spectacular diving header past netminder David Bingham.
Chris Wondolowski leveled the score for San Jose from the penalty spot in the 57th minute, after being taken down by Eric Miller inside the penalty area. But the Quakes gave the goal back in the 73rd, when Fatai Alashe fouled Dillon Powers to send Doyle to the spot.