The New York Red Bulls beat the Montreal Impact while the Vancouver Whitecaps clinched a playoff spot in a tie with FC Dallas.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Sacha Kljestan and Lloyd Sam scored to help the New York Red Bulls beat the Montreal Impact 2–1 on Wednesday night.
New York (16-9-6) will secure the Eastern Conference regular-season title with a win or tie in either of its two remaining matches. The Red Bulls are three points ahead of Los Angeles and FC Dallas in the race for the overall lead.
Ambroise Oyongo was shown a red card for a hand ball on what otherwise would certainly have been a goal by Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 15th minute, leaving Montreal (12-13-6) a man down.
Kljestan put away the ensuing penalty kick.
Wright-Phillips slipped behind the defense on a breakaway, pulling goalkeeper Evan Bush out to the top of the box, but couldn’t convert either of two shots. The second, however, ricocheted back to Sam, who chipped over a scrambling Bush to make it 2–0 going into the half.
Didier Drogba converted a penalty kick in the 67th for Montreal.
FC DALLAS 0, WHITECAPS 0, TIE
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Vancouver tied FC Dallas to clinch a playoff spot for the second straight season.
Vancouver (15-12-5) is third in the Western Conference, a point behind FC Dallas (15-10-6) and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Dallas had the best chance to win it, but substitute Blaz Perez’s shot in the 90th minute slipped just wide of goalkeeper David Ousted’s far post.