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Penalty kicks send Colorado to Eastern Conference final

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.

MLS PLAYOFFS

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)

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