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 in Vancouver, B.C.
Defending-champion Colorado (12-9-13) improved its chances of hosting a playoff game, pending other results this weekend.
Thompson got the ball after a scramble near the top of Vancouver’s 18-yard box and sent a shot off a Whitecaps defender’s head and over goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
“We created the first goal, we had our chances, but we kind of let things get away from us,” Cannon said. “Being a little sloppy was the theme of our year, and it came back to haunt us tonight.”
Vancouver (6-18-10) closed its inaugural MLS season at home and was playing under coach Tommy Soehn for the last time. Martin Rennie will take over next season.
“Right now, I’m mostly disappointed we lost the game, especially in front of our fans,” said Soehn, who is slated to return to his duties as the team’s director of soccer operations. “We’ll work together (among management) to make sure what we have is more consistent.”
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.
After the game, a number of Vancouver players sat on the pitch in frustration after a season that began with a promising 4-2 victory over Toronto FC turned into a disaster that included the firing of former coach Teitur Thordarson and a last-place finish.
Timbers 1, at Real Salt Lake 1:Futty Danso scored in stoppage time to lift Portland to a draw with Real Salt Lake.
Danso’s late goal helped the Timbers (11-14-9) finish the season on a positive note after barely missing out on a playoff berth.
Alvaro Saborio scored in the 45th minute for Salt Lake (15-11-8), which had clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season a month ago. and could have wrapped up third place in the Western Conference with a win.
Saborio’s 11th goal in MLS play this season snapped a 270-minute scoreless streak for Salt Lake, going back to a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles on Oct. 1.
Sporting KC 1, at D.C. United 0: Matt Besler scored in the 54th minute to help Sporting Kansas City earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
K.C. (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, finished 0-5-1 in its last six matches.
Revolution 2, at Toronto FC 2: 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).
At Fire 3, Crew 2: Diego Chaves scored on a rebound in the 81st minute to lift Chicago to its seventh win in 10 games.
Rookie defender Jalil Anibaba scored his first two career goals — both in the first half — for the Fire (9-9-16), which still missed the playoffs.