Russell Canouse scored in the 86th minute to push D.C. United into sixth place in the East—and the last playoff spot—while the Rapids snapped their seven-game losing streak.
WASHINGTON — Russell Canouse scored in the 86th minute and D.C. United moved into playoff position with a 1-0 victory over Western Conference-leading FC Dallas on Saturday.
United (12-11-8) won its third in a row, improved its unbeaten streak to seven and moved into sixth place in the East, one point ahead of the Montreal Impact with three matches left to play. The Impact have two games remaining.
Canouse's initial shot following Wayne Rooney's free-kick hit off the crossbar. The rebound fell to Steve Birnbaum who kicked it into the defense where it popped up for Canouse to head home.
FC Dallas (16-7-9) had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped but stayed one point ahead of Los Angeles FC in the West.
Colorado Rapids 2, Minnesota United 0
MINNEAPOLIS — Yannick Boli and Niki Jackson scored second-half goals and the Colorado Rapids beat Minnesota United 2-0 on Saturday to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Colorado (7-19-6) entered a loss shy of tying a club record for consecutive losses - set this season. Minnesota (11-18-3) was eliminated from playoff contention last week after losing to Philadelphia.
Boli opened the scoring in the 61st minute by heading Marlon Hairston's curling cross into the upper corner of the goal. It was Boli's second goal of the season.
Jackson capped it in stoppage time by intercepting a back-pass and chipping it over goalkeeper Matthew Lampson, who had come out of his area.
After Jackson's goal, there was a skirmish on the sideline. Colorado defender Tommy Smith and Minnesota midfielder Harrison Heath both received red cards, and Minnesota goalkeeper coach John Pascarella was also dismissed.
Minnesota midfielder Darwin Quintero scored in the 51st minute but it was taken away after a video review for being offside. Ibson tied it at 1 in second-half stoppage time but it was overturned again for an offside.
New England Revolution 2, Orlando City 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Cristian Penilla and Diego Fagundez scored second-half goals to help the New England Revolution beat Orlando City 2-0 on Saturday night.
The Revolution were eliminated from the playoff contention shortly before kickoff with D.C. United's 1-0 victory over FC Dallas.
Penilla made it 1-0 in the 51st minute for the Revs (9-12-11) with a low hard shot from outside the box that deflected slightly off a defender before landing in the right corner of the goal. It was Penilla's team-leading 12th goal of the season.
Fagundez eased home Penilla's cross with a left-footed, waist-high stab to double the lead in the 55th minute.
New England's Teal Bunbury appeared to be limping and was replaced by Guillermo Hauche in the 76th minute.
Orlando City (7-20-4) is scoreless in its last five games and winless over the last 12.