Posted: Saturday October 20, 2012 6:53PM ; Updated: Sunday October 21, 2012 2:13AM

MLS: Earthquakes clinch Supporters' Shield

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Richard Eckersley (right) and Toronto FC haven't won a game since July 18 (0-9-4).
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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- The Red Bulls played a 0-0 tie with Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night, clinching a playoff berth for New York and the Supporters' Shield for San Jose as the team with the best record in Major League Soccer.

New York (15-9-9), which has never won an MLS title, clinched a spot in the 10-team playoffs as Columbus lost 3-2 at D.C. United.

San Jose earned homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Earthquakes also had the best record in 2005, when they were knocked out in the quarterfinals.

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Kansas City (17-7-9) extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games.

Before 25,219, a record crowd at 3-season-old Red Bull Arena, New York pressed the defensive-minded visitors.

KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, who got his 15th shutout, made a diving save on Dax McCarty's 20-yard, left-footed shot in the 23rd minute, and Kenny Cooper sent the rebound over the crossbar.

Nielsen deflected Cooper's rising shot over the bar in the 41st minute, then raised a hand in the 65th

to knock down a 12-yard angled shot by Thierry Henry, then had to prevent an own goal when the ball bounced off a defender. Nielsen made a diving save on McCarty's 17-yard volley in the 88th.

New York's Luis Robles had stopped a header by Kei Kamara at the far post in the 86th minute.

United 3, Crew 2

WASHINGTON -- Lewis Neal scored in stoppage time and D.C. United beat the Columbus Crew to clinch its first playoff berth in five seasons.

Marcelo Saragosa and Nick DeLeon also scored for United (17-10-6). The Washington club ran its unbeaten streak to six games and helped eliminate the Crew (14-12-7) from playoff contention.

The win also pushed United's club home unbeaten streak to 16 (12-0-4). United won the last of its four MLS titles in 2004.

Eddie Gaven and Jairo Arrieta each scored their ninth goals of the season for Columbus.

But the Crew failed to preserve two leads, and saw their playoff hopes end when the Houston Dynamo sealed a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union about 15 minutes later.

United would've clinched one of five Eastern Conference playoff spots with a draw, but can now finish no worse than fourth and is guaranteed at least one home playoff game.

They moved ahead of the Chicago Fire and into second place in the Eastern Conference, and could win the conference with a win at Chicago and a Sporting Kansas City loss in the season finales next weekend.

Rapids 2, Chivas USA 0

CARSON, Calif. -- Martin Rivero and Kamani Hill scored first-half goals in the Colorado Rapids' victory.

Colorado (10-19-4) won for the first time since Sept. 5 and guaranteed that it won't finish last in the Western Conference. Last-place Chivas (7-18-8) is winless in its last 12 games and has been shut out in six of its last seven.

Rivero opened the scoring in the 16th minute, converting a wide-open shot from close range for his second goal of the season. Tyson Wahl played the ball in from the left flank and Jaime Castrillon flicked a header to Rivero. Hill scored in the 40th minute on a header from 12 yards.

Goalkeeper Tim Melia made his MLS debut for Chivas. Dan Kennedy missed the game because of a knee injury, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 64.

Dynamo 3, Union 1

HOUSTON -- Oscar Boniek Garcia and Brad Davis scored in the second half, and the Houston Dynamo beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 Saturday night to clinch a spot in the MLS playoffs.

Houston's victory, coupled with Columbus' 3-2 loss at DC United, means the Dynamo (14-8-11) can finish no worse than fifth in the Eastern Conference and are into the postseason for the sixth time in seven years. Houston is unbeaten in the last three games and extended its home unbeaten streak to 25 games, dating to June 2011.

Philadelphia (10-16-6) had won two in a row.

Garcia put the Dynamo up 2-1 in the 71st minute, taking a pass from Brian Ching, settling it down and blasting one from the top of the arc. Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath got a hand on but it still found the inside of the far post.

Davis converted a penalty kick in the 75th minute, sending the ball into the left side as MacMath went right. Houston was awarded the penalty kick after Carlos Valdes took down Will Bruin in the box on a breakaway.

Philadelphia's Jack McInerney tied it at 1 in the 19th minute, taking a Sheanon Williams cross from outside the upper left box and heading it inside the far post from 10 yards out.

Revs 1, Fire 0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Diego Fagundez scored in the 17th minute to lead New England over Chicago and end a 196-minute scoreless streak for the Revolution.

Fagundez took a pass from Kelyn Rowe and scored from 30 yards.

Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, dressed in pink for breast cancer awareness month, needed to make just one save in his second shutout of the season for New England (8-17-8), which already has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Chicago (17-11-5) already had clinched a playoff berth.

New England, 2-1 against the Fire this season, was without midfielder Benny Feilhaber, serving a one-game suspension for his red card at Philadelphia on Oct. 6.

New England's Jerry Bengtson, coming off a hat trick for Honduras against Canada on Tuesday as Los Catrachos advanced to the final round of World Cup qualifying, received his first yellow card of the MLS season in the 44th minute for a reckless challenge.

Shuttleworth stopped Patrick Nyarko's shot in the 86th off a cross from Alvaro Fernandez.

Toronto FC 0, Montreal 0

TORONTO -- Toronto FC's winless streak reached 13 games with a scoreless tie against the Montreal Impact in its home finale on Saturday.

Toronto's last MLS win was a 2-1 victory over Colorado on July 18. It has earned four of a possible 39 points during its lackluster stretch, going 0-9-4.

"You look at the wins and losses and obviously it's depressing," coach Paul Mariner said. "There's nobody more depressed than me.

"But I can't wait for next season, I can't wait for Jan. 19 when we get together (for preseason). We're already working on the squad for next year. So it's an exciting time. The type of football we played this year with the players that we've got in is nowhere near what I want to play."

Mariner, who took over for Aron Winter in June, was asked after the game if he had any concerns about his future.

"Not one bit, my future's great," he said before leaving the news conference.

Montreal's winless run now stands at five after its third straight draw. It is 0-2-3 since a 3-0 victory over D.C. United on Aug. 25.

"We had great chances at the beginning of the game and great chances at the end of the game," Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier said.

The Impact (12-15-6) controlled most of the play Saturday but could not convert that edge into goals. Marco Di Vaio had two strong chances in stoppage time but his close-range shot hit a defender before a volley bounced high over the Toronto goal.

"Because of his quality, I thought it was going to be curtains for us," Mariner said of Di Vaio's volley. "But we got a little bit of luck."

Toronto FC (5-20-8) played its first game since it announced two days ago it was reducing season ticket prices to match those of its 2007 expansion campaign, when the team went 6-17-7.

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