No matter how your team did, it is hard to argue that MLS Decision Day was not full of excitement.
From reorganized playoff positions to teams entering the postseason early, here is how each MLS team did on Decision Day:
The Chicago Fire had the chance to grab the Eastern Conference’s second place position but was flattened by Houston Dynamo instead. Both teams were guaranteed a playoff position spot heading into the match, but it was the home team who came out on top.
Seattle was hoping to acquire the first place in the West. However, even after their huge win against Colorado, they were unable to grab the crown. Nicolas Lodeiro led a ten-man side Sounders team to victory.
NYCFC 2, Columbus Crew 2
Both NYCFC and Columbus were guaranteed postseason play ahead of their game and with little to play for. However, the recent news surrounding Columbus gave the Crew a bit of an edge. After going down via David Villa’s brace, the Crew fought back to draw the game.
What more can be said? FC Dallas looked like their former selves but was unable to grab a playoff spot. FCD fans were heartbroken while LA fans were happy the season finally ended.
The San Jose Earthquakes waited until the final second to punch their ticket to the playoffs. An extra-time goal by Marcos Urena booked the Earthquakes a spot in the postseason while sending both Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas to the offseason early.
This game had no meaning. Both clubs were out of playoff contention and had nothing to play for. Nevertheless, each side made it interesting. A 90th-minute goal by Matteo Mancosu leveled the game at 2-2, but a 96th-minute goal by Kelyn Rowe gave the Revolution an amazing last-minute win. Exciting stuff from teams who had nothing to play for.
New York Red Bulls 2, DC United 1
The New York Red Bulls had to rain on DC United’s parade. In United’s last match in the historic RFK Stadium, two second-half goals by Michael Murillo and Gonzalo Veron suppressed D.C.’s final goodbyes.
Much like New England and Montreal, the Union and Orlando had nothing to play for. Orlando knew that, but Philadelphia did not. Orlando sat back, and the Union ran up the score. Ilsinho, Fabrice Picault, and C.J. Sapong all record a brace.
Real Salt Lake 2, Sporting Kansas City 1
Real Salt Lake had the smallest chance of making the playoffs Sunday, but they still had a chance. They needed a win and for FC Dallas and San Jose to lose. Sadly, neither of those happened. Real put up a good performance against SKC but the win will still feel like a loss.
Toronto went into the game knowing they won the league. Atlanta went in trying to grab a better playoff spot. Both sides fought it out but an 86th-minute goal by Sebastian Giovinco saw the game end in a draw.
By defeating the Whitecaps, Portland became the kings of the Western Conference. Goals from Darren Mattocks and Liam Ridgewell were enough to give them the win.