Posted: Saturday October 6, 2012 10:35PM ; Updated: Sunday October 7, 2012 12:25AM

MLS: Hurt Donovan may miss WC qualis

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A leg injury may keep Landon Donovan out of two upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
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CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles star Landon Donovan limped off with a leg injury with about 10 minutes left in the Galaxy's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, creating doubt whether he will be available for the United States' upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Antigua and Barbuda, and Guatemala.

The 30-year-old midfielder missed last month's qualifiers against Jamaica. The Americans figure to need at least a win and a tie when they play at Antigua on Friday and host Guatemala on Oct. 16 at Kansas City, Kan. Those are the final two games in the semifinal round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean.


The U.S. also could be missing Dallas midfielder Brek Shea, who left his team's game against San Jose on Sept. 29 in the 69th minute.

Saborio scored in the 25th and 28th minutes to help Real Salt Lake (17-11-4) overcome an early deficit to pull five points ahead of the Galaxy (15-12-5) and six in front of Seattle in the battle for second place in the Western Conference. RSL and L.A. have two games remaining; Seattle, which plays Portland on Sunday, has four left.

The fourth-place team must win a wild-card game to enter the playoff bracket.

The Galaxy struck first, on a superb Robbie Keane volley in the 17th minute, but struggled to break down RSL's defense in front of a sellout crowd of 27,000 at the Home Depot Center.

D.C. United 1, Toronto FC 0

TORONTO -- Hamdi Salihi scored a late goal as D.C. United clinched a playoff spot.

Last-place Toronto (5-20-7) stretched its winless streak to 12 games since beating Colorado on July 18.

Conceding late goals has been recurring issue all season for the Reds. Former Toronto player Maicon Santos sent a cross from the right side in the 88th minute that TFC goalkeeper Milos Kocic mishandled.

Salihi was in the right place to tap in the goal from close range for United (16-10-6).

The announced attendance was 15,281 on a chilly, blustery day at BMO Field alongside Lake Ontario.

However, swaths of seats remained empty as Toronto played its second to last home game of the season.

Earthquakes 4, Rapids 1

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Chris Wondolowski scored three goals and added an assist to help the San Jose Earthquakes clinch the Western Conference title.

Marvin Chavez added his second goal of the season 95 seconds into the game for San Jose (19-6-7). The Earthquakes hold a six-point lead over idle Sporting Kansas City for the Supporters' Shield.

San Jose tied a club with 64 points in a season.

Andre Akpan scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute for the Rapids.

Colorado (9-19-4) has won only twice in its last 16 games, going 2-11-3 in that span. The Rapids will miss the playoffs for first time since 2009.

Fire 2, Red Bulls 0

HARRISON, N.J. -- Sherjill MacDonald has played in only 12 games with the Chicago Fire, and still isn't feeling 100 percent.

The New York Red Bulls would never believe it.

MacDonald scored two second-half goals and led the Fire to a crucial win over the Red Bulls.

"I hadn't played for a few games there, but I feel my stamina is getting better," said MacDonald, who doubled his scoring production of the season on Saturday. "I think it's all been about going back to basics and doing what we do best."

The Fire (17-10-5) jumped three points ahead of the Red Bulls (15-9-8) in the Eastern Conference, with two games remaining, and moved closer to earning a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs. Chicago can get in if Columbus loses to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

New York, which fell to fourth in the East, dropped to 11-2-3 at home. The Red Bulls still haven't secured a playoff spot.

Dynamo 1, Impact 1

HOUSTON -- Sanna Nyassi scored in the second half and the Montreal Impact tied the Houston Dynamo .

Despite the tie, Montreal (12-15-5, 41 points) was eliminated from MLS playoff contention, while Houston (13-8-11, 50 points) extends its lead over Columbus for fifth place in the Eastern Conference and the final playoff spot to two points.

Nyassi tied it in the 66th minute, getting behind the Houston defense and having his first shot from 16 yards in the middle of the box saved by Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall, but one-timing the rebound into the net.

Houston appeared to take a 2-1 lead in second-half stoppage time as Brian Ching blooped a shot from inside the upper box into the goal, but after a conversation between side referee Jason Callum and head referee Chris Penso, Ching was ruled offside.

Will Bruin took a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute, taking a pass from Calen Carr from the left box and slipped it inside the far post from inside the left 6-yard box.

Macoumba Kandji had a chance make it 2-0 in the 61st minute, but his shot from the right box was deflected off the near post and out of bounds by Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins.

Union 1, Revs 0

CHESTER, Pa. -- Jack McInerney converted a header off a free kick in the 73rd minute, lifting the Philadelphia Union.

Following a foul on teammate Michael Farfan, Keon Daniel took the free kick from 20 yards out and sent a clear pass to McInerney, who scored his team-leading seventh goal. It was also the third consecutive game that he scored.

The Union improved to 10-15-6 and have never lost to the Revolution in seven career meetings (4-0-3).

Philadelphia won for the third time in its last four matches, but remains in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

The struggling Revolution (7-17-8) are winless in their last four with an 0-3-1 mark.

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