WASHINGTON (AP)—Lewis Neal scored in stoppage time and D.C. United beat
the Columbus Crew 3-2 on Saturday night to clinch its first playoff berth in
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
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.