C.J. Sapong scored and Sporting Kansas City clinched a playoff berth with a 2-0 victory on Saturday over the New York Red Bulls, who lost forward Thierry Henry to a red card in the first half in Kansas City, Kan.
Teal Bunbury also scored for Kansas City (12-9-12), which moved into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have 48 points with one game remaining.
New York (9-8-16), which has 43 points, had to play the rest of the game a man down after Henry was sent off.
Henry, who came in with 14 goals — tying him for the league lead — was given a red card in the 28th minute for kneeing Roger Espinoza in the back as Espinoza sat on the field.
Fire 2, at DC United 1: Diego Chaves and Sebastian Grazzini scored in stoppage time to preserve the Fire’s slim playoff hopes.
Chicago (8-9-16) still must win in its last game, and have New York lose, plus make up a five-goal differential in the process to catch the Red Bulls for the 10th and final spot.
Crew 3, at Revolution 0: Andres Mendoza scored twice to move into second place in the Major League Soccer goals race with 13, and Columbus (13-12-8) kept its Eastern Conference playoff hopes alive.
Toronto FC 1, at Union 1: Sebastien Le Toux scored in the 43rd minute to lead Philadelphia to a draw against Toronto FC, good enough to clinch the Union’s first playoff berth.
Le Toux scored his team-best 11th goal after receiving a crisp open pass from Justin Mapp, and the Union extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (3-0-5).
Ryan Johnson scored for Toronto FC (6-13-14) in the 57th minute.
All-Star goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon returned for Philadelphia (11-7-15).
At FC Dallas 2, Whitecaps 0: Marvin Chavez and Brek Shea scored to help FC Dallas beat expansion Vancouver.
Chavez opened the scoring in the 35th minute with his sixth goal of the season, and Shea added his 11th of the year in the 54th minute. Kevin Hartman had the shutout for Dallas.
Dallas improved to 15-11-7, and Vancouver dropped to 6-17-10.