Bradley Wright-Phillips ties MLS goal record; Red Bulls top Sporting KC
NEW YORK RED BULLS 2, SPORTING KANSAS CITY 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Bradley Wright-Phillips tied the MLS season goal record, and the New York Red Bulls beat Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the league's regular-season finale Sunday night.
With his 26th and 27th goals, Wright-Phillips joined Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Roy Lassiter (1996) atop the list.
The Red Bulls (13-10-11, 50 points) also overtook Sporting KC for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Sporting KC (14-13-7, 49 points) dropped to the fifth spot and will visit the Red Bulls for an immediate rematch in the knockout round Thursday night.
Wright-Phillips scored his record-tying goal in the 70th minute. After battling defender Aurelien Collin to win a loose ball, Wright-Phillips dribbled to the middle of the box and cut a right-footed shot back into the left corner of the net.
Wright-Phillips finished Eric Alexander's pass to open the scoring in the 15th minute.
COLUMBUS CREW 2, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Bernardo Anor scored in the 90th minute, and the Columbus Crew secured the No. 4 seed in the playoffs in a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.
Anor was in the right position from 1 yard out to finish Tony Tchani's deflected shot.
The Crew (14-10-10) can still earn the No. 3 seed and a knockout-round bye pending the result of Sporting Kansas City's home match with the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night.
If Sporting KC wins, the Crew will host the Red Bulls in the knockout match on Thursday. If Sporting KC ties or loses to the Red Bulls, the Crew will advance directly to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Zach Pfeffer tied the game for the Union (10-12-12) in the 85th minute with his first career MLS goal.
Jairo Arrieta opened the scoring for the Crew with a breakaway goal in the 13th minute.
CHIVAS USA 1, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Felix Borja scored in the 32nd minute, and Chivas USA beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in the season finale for both teams on Sunday.
Erick Torres beat defender Víctor Bernardez along the end line and bounced his shot off the far post. Borja was in the middle of the box for the rebound and finished with a left-footed toe punch for his third goal of the season.
With the future of the franchise in limbo, the win may mark the end of Chivas USA (9-19-6).
Earthquakes (6-16-12) goalkeeper Jon Busch broke the club record for saves in a season, recording his 138th in the 62nd minute.