Sporting Kansas City clinched top spot in the MLS Eastern Conference thanks to a 1-0 win on the road at DC United. Matt Besler scored the winning goal after 54 minutes as Kansas City ended the regular season three points clear of the Philadelphia Union, who rounded out their campaign with a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Thursday.
Columbus Crew, who like Philadelphia are secured a place in the play-offs, missed the chance to leapfrog Union into second as they fell to a 3-2 loss at the Chicago Fire. The Fire went two up inside half an hour through an Jalil Anibaba brace, and although the Crew levelled through Emilio Renteria (72) and Dilly Duka (79), Diego Chaves hit Chicago's winner on 81 minutes. Emmanuel Ekpo was sent off for the Crew in stoppage time.
The Seattle Sounders, already secured second place in the West behind the Los Angeles Galaxy, finished the regular season with a 3-1 win at Chivas USA. An Andrew Boyens own-goal on 53 minutes and strikes by Alvaro Fernandez (68) and Sammy Ochoa (73) sealed the win for the Sounders, while Chivas replied through Victor Estupinan on 83 minutes.
The San Jose Earthquakes were 4-2 winners over FC Dallas, with all of the hosts' goals coming in the first half. Simon Dawkins (26 and 38), Rafael Baca (27), Chris Wondolowski (34pen) put San Jose in control before Dallas, who have booked their place in the post-season, reduced the deficit through George John (45) and Ruben Luna (90).
The Colorado Rapids are also through to the post-season and finished their regular campaign with a 2-1 win at the Vancouver Whitecaps. Alain Rochat put the Whitecaps ahead on 49 minutes but the Rapids secured the points with goals from Jeff Larentowitcz (59) and Wells Thompson (84).
Real Salt Lake are also in the play-offs and rounded out with a 1-1 draw over the eliminated Portland Timbers. Alvaro Saborio fired Real ahead on the stroke of the interval but it ended honours even after Mamadou Danso levelled in stoppage time at the end of the second half.
New England Revolution and Toronto FC played out a 2-2 draw in a clash between two eliminated sides. Nick Soolsma put Toronto ahead on 20 minutes before Monsef Zerka (40) and Milton Caraglio (46) but the Revolution in command. Toronto sealed a point when Danny Koevermans netted on 83 minutes, while New England finished with ten men after Chris Tierney saw red for a second booking.