The Colorado Rapids secured the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, doing so in impressive fashion, while both Los Angeles-based teams saw their seasons ended by disappointing results.
The Rapids trounced Los Angeles FC, 5-2, ending LAFC’s forgettable campaign, and grabbing the first seed in the West after both the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City’s dropped points on the final day.
Minnesota United also secured its place in the playoffs with a 3-3 draw against the Galaxy, which battled back from a 2-0 deficit, and 3-2 deficit, but couldn’t find another goal, leaving them out of the playoffs for the second straight season.
In the Eastern Conference, the New York Red Bulls, Orlando City and Atlanta United secured the final three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference with Decision Day results going their way.
The Red Bulls earned a draw on the road against Nashville SC to secure their place in the postseason, finishing with the seventh and final spot in the East courtesy of a 1-1 draw at Nissan Stadium.
Orlando City won the ‘Win-And-In” battle against CF Montreal, going to Canada and securing a 2-0 victory sparked by a wonder goal from Jhegson Mendez and insurance tally from Daryl Dike.
Atlanta United secured the fifth seed in the East playoffs after a second-half early earned the Five Stripes a 2-1 win over FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium. Miles Robinson scored his first MLS goal while Josef Martinez delivered the winner for Atlanta.
Here is a rundown of all of Sunday’s MLS results:
Decision Day Scoreboard
FC Cincinnati 1, Atlanta United 2 (Final)
(Zico Bailey 21′) – (Miles Robinson 70′, Josef Martinez 78′)
Crew 2, Fire 0 (Final)
(Lucas Zelarayan 31′, Miguel Berry 57′)
CF Montreal 0, Orlando City 2 (Final)
(Jhegson Mendez 55′, Daryl Dike 86′)
Nashville SC 1, Red Bulls 1 (Final)
(Hany Mukhtar 37′) – (Fabio 1′)
NYCFC 1, Union 1 (Final)
(Valentin Castellanos 53′) – (Kasper Przybylko 27′)
Toronto FC 1, D.C. United 3 (Final)
(Steven Birnbaum 13′, Ola Kamara 30′ (pen), 36′) – (Richie Laryea 18′)
Revolution 0, Inter Miami 1 (Final)
(Blaise Matuidi 58′)
Rapids 5, LAFC 2 (Final)
(Jonathan Lewis 18′ , 53′ Collen Warner 33′, Cole Bassett 63′, ,Dominique Badji 79′) – (Cristian Arango 55′, Brian Rodriguez 71′)
Sporting KC 0, Real Salt Lake 1 (Final)
(Damir Kreilach 90+5′)
Galaxy 3, Minnesota United 3 (Final)
(Sebastian Lletget 45+1′, Javier Hernandez 51′, 71′) – (Adrien Hunou 21′ Robin Lod 34′, Julian Araujo Own-Goal 62′) ,
Timbers 3, Austin FC 0 (Final)
(Cristhian Paredes 17′, Jaroslaw Niezgoda 45′)
Earthquakes 1, FC Dallas 1 (Final)
(Chris Wondolowski 34′) – (Jader Obrian 42′)
Whitecaps 1, Sounders 1 (Final)
(Fredy Montero 8′) – (Ryan Gauld 20′)