Abe Thompson scored two late goals to help FC Dallas wrap up an MLS playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio.
Arturo Alvarez also scored for Dallas (13-11-4). The loss put the Crew (7-11-10) on the brink of missing the playoff for the third straight year.
Thompson's first strike came in the 86th minute after goalkeeper Will Hesmer mishandled the ball just to the right of the goalmouth. Thompson tapped the ball into the goal as he was falling over backward.
Three minutes later, Hesmer was unable to hold onto a shot from Alvarez and spilled the ball into Thompson's path for his fifth goal of the season.
Alvarez's curling, left-footed strike from 20 yards beat Hesmer and slipped inside the left goalpost in the 48th minute.
FIRE 2, REVOLUTION 1: At Bridgeview, Ill., Chad Barrett scored the winning goal in the 60th minute and had an assist in Chicago's victory over New England.
New England (14-7-7) took the lead in the 24th minute on Jeff Larentowicz's goal, and Chris Rolfe tied it for Chicago (9-10-9) just before halftime off a pass from Barrett.