MLS, Week 25: Seattle Beats Chivas, SJ Clinches Playoff Spot

Eddie Johnson scored in the 89th minute to win it for Seattle, while the Chivas loss made San Jose the first team in MLS to clinch a playoff spot.

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Seattle Sounders Vs. Chivas USA, 2012 MLS: Eddie Johnson Strikes Late

The Seattle Sounders are one of the best teams in MLS. Chivas USA is one of the worst. That should make for an easy Sounders in, right? Nope. The Goats went up a goal, made the Sounders play catch up and only an 89th minute goal by Eddie Johnson earned the home side a 2-1 win on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

Chivas went in front when Shalrie Joseph slipped a nice ball in for Nick LaBrocca in the eighth minute. LaBrocca settled and finished well to give the visitors a shock early lead.

It took 20 minutes for Seattle to get level, but they did thanks to Johnson. The striker was able to raise up high and meet a Christian Tiffert free kick then nod past Dan Kennedy to get the Sounders level.

Seattle pressured for much of the second half, but they wasted several chances. None was worse than Brad Evans' miss from three yards out with a gaping goal that saw him hit the post. And when the Sounders did find the frame, Kennedy was there to deny him.

But just when the match looked destined for a draw, Fredy Montero got loose down the left in the 89th minute. He outran Joseph on the wing before delivering a pinpoint cross for Johnson in front. Once again, Johnson's head was there for the finish and Seattle claimed all three points.

With the win, the Sounders moved into second place in the Western Conference. Also, the Chivas loss clinched a playoff spot for the Earthquakes, making them the first team in MLS to cling a berth in the postseason.

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Colorado Rapids Vs. Portland Timbers, 2012 MLS: Rapids Cruise 3-0

Did the Colorado Rapids finally find some sort of form or did they just prey on the Portland Timbers, who are exceptionally poor away from home? I don't think the Rapids will care which one it is, they are just happy to have three points after taking down the Timbers 3-0 at Dicks Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday.

The Rapids took control from the beginning, hitting the post in the first minute and going in front after within six minutes. Drew Moor's cross from the right found Tony Cascio, who knocked it back across goal for Andre Akpan to bury.

Cascio got himself on the scoresheet in the 27th minute when he slid to redirect Jaime Castrillon's cross on frame. Donovan Ricketts did well to make the save, but Cascio hopped on the rebound and scored it to double the Rapids' lead.

Colorado put a ribbon on their win five minutes from time when Castrillon added a goal of his own, heading home from close range off of a corner kick. The three points were theirs and Portland's awful road form continued.

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New England Revolution Vs. Columbus Crew, 2012 MLS: Revs Snap Winless Streak

The New England Revolution finally got off the schneid on Wednesday, winning a match 2-0 to end a 10-match winless streak. Maybe more amazing is that they did it against the Columbus Crew, MLS's newest fan favorite team after stringing together wins with new signings Federico Higuain and Jairo Arrieta to vault right back into the playoff race. But Wednesday was the Revs' night and they got a well-deserved three points for it.

There wasn't much in the first half as both teams struggled to find the mark when they did get their rare chances. Andy Gruenebaum made the one good save of the first half when a deflected shot looked goal bound, but he pawed it away.

New England broke the deadlock not long after halftime when Columbus allowed Diego Fagundez to run onto a long throw in relatively unmolested. Gruenebaum came off of his line to challenge Fagundez and the youngster's shot clattered off the post, but Dimitry Imbongo was there to tap the ball into the open goal and the Revs had a lead.

Chad Marshall then handed the Revs another goal with a shocking own goal. Going back towards his own goal, he failed to communicate with Gruenebaum, who came rushing off of his line to collect the ball. Marshall attempted to head the ball back to his goalkeeper, who was no longer in his goal and the ball started slowly bouncing towards goal. Marshall might have had a chance to clear the ball away before the ball crosses the line as his momentum was going in that direction anyways, but he oddly stopped and just let it go into the net.

However it happened, New England was happy to take the goal that wrapped up their rare win. Meanwhile, the Crew need to regroup after seeing their six-match unbeaten streak snapped with D.C. still just one point behind them for the final playoff spot.

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