Thompson lifts Rapids to 2-1 win over Whitecaps

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Oct. 22 2011 11:50 p.m. MDT

VANCOUVER — Wells Thompson scored in the 84th minute and the Colorado Rapids rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the teams' regular-season finale Saturday night.

Defending-champion Colorado (11-9-13) improved its chances of hosting a playoff game, pending other results this weekend.

Vancouver (6-18-10) closed its inaugural MLS season and was playing under coach Tommy Soehn for the last time. Martin Rennie will take over next season.

Alain Rochat gave the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute, and Jeff Larentowicz tied the score for Colorado in the 59th minute.

SPORTING KC 1, D.C. UNITED 0: At Washington, Matt Besler scored in the 54th minute to help Sporting Kansas City earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Sporting (13-9-12), which closed the season with a five-match unbeaten run, will play a two-leg conference semifinal against the higher remaining seed from next week's wild card round.

United, eliminated from playoff contention with a draw against Portland last Wednesday, finished 0-5-1 in its last six matches.

Besler scored on a turnaround shot on a rebound effort following Kei Kamara's corner kick header off the post for the only goal of the match.

REVOLUTION 2, TORONTO FC 2: At Toronto, Danny Koevermans scored in the 83rd minute to lift Toronto FC to a draw with New England.

The Dutchman scored his eighth goal in 10 games this season.

Forward Nick Soolsma opened the scoring for Toronto (6-13-15), which gave up a league-worst 59 goals.

Midfielder Monsef Zerka and forward Milton Caraglio scored for New England (5-16-13).

EARTHQUAKES 4, FC DALLAS 2: At Santa Clara, Calif., Simon Dawkins scored twice and Chris Wondolowski got his 16th goal of the season to tie for the MLS scoring crown in the San Jose Earthquakes' 4-2 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.

Rookie midfielder Rafael Baca added his first league goal to help San Jose (8-12-14) romp despite being eliminated from playoff contention.

SOUNDERS 3, CHIVAS USA 1: At Carson, Calif., Alvaro Fernandez and Sammy Ochoa scored and the Sounders also benefited from an own goal in a 3-1 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday night.

The playoff-bound Sounders (18-7-9) won after losing midfielder Mauro Rosales to an injury early. Rosales went down in the fifth minute when he was tackled by Chivas midfielder Ben Zemanski. After remaining on the field for a lengthy spell, the Argentine was taken off on a stretcher.

FIRE 3, CREW 2: At Bridgeview, Ill., Diego Chaves scored on a rebound in the 81st minute to lift the Chicago Fire to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night in the regular season finale for both teams.

Rookie defender Jalil Anibaba scored his first two career goals — both in the first half — for the Fire (9-9-16), who won for the seventh time in their last 10 games but still missed the postseason.

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