Colorado advanced to the Eastern Conference final after Brian Carroll’s penalty kick at the end of the fifth round sailed over the goal, giving the Rapids a 3-2 aggregate-goal advantage over Columbus.
The Crew won the game 2-1, but the aggregate was tied 2-2 after Colorado won the first game 1-0 at home on Oct. 28. The Rapids host San Jose in the single-game Eastern Conference final on Nov. 13.
Colorado’s Conor Casey scored in the 84th minute made it 2-1 and evened the series. Eddie Gaven put Columbus ahead 1-0 in the game in the 22nd minute. Robbie Rogers then gave the Crew the series advantage with a strike from 12 yards in the 70th minute.
FC Dallas 1, at Real Salt Lake 1 (3-2 aggregate): Dax McCarty scored in the 13th minute and FC Dallas hung on for a tie to eliminate defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake from the playoffs.
Dallas outscored Real Salt Lake 3-2 in the two-game aggregate-goal series. Substitute Robbie Findley scored in the 79th minute for Real Salt Lake. Five minutes earlier, Findley put a point-blank header off the crossbar.
Dallas will play Los Angeles or Seattle in the Western Conference final.
Eastern Conference semis
San Jose 1, New York 1 (Earthquakes advance on aggregate, 3-2)
Colorado 1, Columbus 1
(Rapids advance on penalty kicks, 5-4)
Western Conference semis
Real Salt Lake 1, FC Dallas 1 (Dallas advances on aggregate, 3-2)
Seattle at Los Angeles, 6 p.m today
(Galaxy leads, 1-0)