COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Colorado's Vicente Sanchez scored one goal and knocked another in off an opposing player to lift the Rapids to a 2-1 win over Dallas on Saturday, moving into the all-important top three in the MLS Western Conference while dealing a blow to the Texan club's playoff hopes.
With the top three in each conference to skip the knockout first-round of playoffs, Colorado moved into third, a point ahead of Los Angeles, which drew 2-2 at lowly D.C. United.
With the score at 1-1 in the 65th minute, Sanchez sent a ball to the front of the net when Dallas defender Matt Hedges tried to make a sliding clearance. Instead, he knocked it into his own net to give Colorado the lead in the 65th minute.
David Ferreira scored for Dallas, which is now five points behind the Rapids.
Columbus' Chad Marshall and Dominic Oduro scored in the second half to rally the Crew to a 2-1 win at Montreal.
Montreal lost at home for only the second time this season, with the result seeing them fall three points behind New York in the race for the top of the Eastern Conference.
Marco Di Vaio, the MLS scoring leader with 18 goals, got his seventh in five games in the 23rd minute for Montreal.
Federico Higuain's free kick was headed in by Marshall in the 66th, and Oduro remained onside to receive a pass and put the ball past the goalkeeper in the 79th.
Houston also notched a valuable away win by beating Philadelphia 1-0.
Ricardo Clark scored the sole goal in the 53rd minute for Dynamo, who moved a point above the Union and into fourth place in the East.
Philadelphia has gone five games without a win, scoring just once in that stretch.
Chicago's Alex scored the tiebreaking goal in the 86th minute to give the Fire a 3-2 home win over New England.
Juan Luis Anangono and Mike Magee also scored for Chicago, which moved level with Philadelphia for fifth place in the East, and two points above New England.
Late substitute Alex controlled a clearing pass and knocked a left-footed low shot off the goalkeeper from 24 yards out for his first goal of the season.
Kelyn Rowe and Sare Sene twice gave the Revolution leads.
San Jose was held to a scoreless draw by Vancouver, leaving the two teams second and third-last in the West but still only five points off the last playoff place.
New York moved clear top of the East with a 2-0 home win over Toronto, with Thierry Henry and Fabian Espindola scoring for the hosts.
Portland missed a chance to move into the top three of the West when it could only manage a 1-1 draw at bottom team Chivas.
Los Angeles slipped out of the top three when it drew 2-2 at D.C. United, and needed an 84th minute goal from substitute Kyle Porter to get one point.
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