13 October 2014 03:57
Dallas booked their spot in the MLS play-offs with a victory over Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday, while DC United won again.
Fabian Castillo was the hero for Dallas, scoring the winner in a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Toyota Stadium.
Stefan Ishizaki had given the Galaxy, second in the Western Conference, a first-half lead before David Texeira’s equaliser and Castillo’s winner.
Dallas were reduced to 10 men in the dying stages when Moises Hernandez saw red but the conference’s fourth-placed side held on to seal their place in the play-offs.
That had looked unlikely when the Galaxy took a 22nd-minute lead thanks to Ishizaki.
The Swede beat a defender on the right side of the area before his chip went over a helpless Chris Seitz.
Texeira levelled for the hosts in the 52nd minute when he completed a fine team move with a good finish in a one-on-one.
Castillo made it 2-1 to Dallas with three minutes of regulation time remaining, heading in from around the penalty spot after Jaime Penedo could only parry a shot from an angle.
Hernandez was sent off for a sliding tackle from behind on Galaxy substitute Jose Villarreal but the hosts held on.
Eastern Conference leaders DC United ended the Houston Dynamo’s play-off chances with a 3-1 win.
Taylor Kemp opened the scoring for DC and Fabian Espindola doubled the advantage with a classy chipped finish.
Giles Barnes pulled a goal back from the penalty spot but Eddie Johnson sealed the win for the visitors.