Jeff Cunningham scored on a penalty kick in the 67th minute to tie the MLS career goal-scoring record, and FC Dallas equaled the longest single-season unbeaten streak in league history with a 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire yesterday in Frisco, Texas.
Dallas clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2007 by running its streak to 18 games (10-0-8), tying Columbus’s 2004 mark for the longest run without a loss.
Cunningham, who won the MLS Golden Boot Award last year for leading the league with 17 goals, scored his 11th of the season and 132d of his career, tying DC United veteran Jaime Moreno.
Chicago fell to 1-6-2 in its last nine and will likely miss the postseason. The Fire, who were shut out for the fifth time in six games, are 3-12-1 in Dallas.
With Dallas ahead, 2-0, Cunningham sealed the triumph with his penalty kick goal. After Fire defender Dasan Robinson pulled him down in the penalty area, Cunningham stepped up to the dot with a slight hesitation before slotting a low shot just inside the left goal post.
Sounders 3, Toronto FC 2 — Blaise Nkufo and Steve Zakuani scored in the first half to lead host Seattle.
The Sounders (12-9-6) improved to 4-1-1 in the past six games, bolstering their chances of making the playoffs for the second time in as many seasons.
Nkufo scored his fifth goal in three games on a header off a free kick in the 26th minute, giving Seattle a 2-1 lead in front of a sellout crowd of 36,079.
Zakuani scored in the 21st minute to tie it at 1. Zakuani took a pass inside the box, beat goalkeeper Stefan Frei, and kicked the ball into an open net.
Dwayne De Rosario and Chad Barrett scored for Toronto (8-12-7), which dropped to 1-6-2 in the past nine games.
De Rosario’s 13th goal gave Toronto the lead in the 16th minute. It also snapped Kasey Keller’s three-game shutout streak.
Sanna Nyassi scored his first goal in the 59th minute to make it 3-1. Barrett responded in the 88th minute, but that was it for Toronto.
Red Bulls 1, Wizards 0 — Dane Richards scored a first-half goal and the Red Bulls clinched a spot in the playoffs with a victory over Kansas City in Harrison, N.J.
The Red Bulls (14-8-5) can do no worse than a second-place finish in the Eastern Division a year after finishing a franchise-worst 5-19-6. They last made the playoffs in 2008.
The Wizards (9-11-6) were 5-2-3 over their previous 10 games. They remained at 33 points, however, and in danger of missing the playoffs.
Earthquakes 0, Crew 0 — San Jose’s Jon Busch made four saves against his former team and William Hesmer came up with a big stop in the second half as host Columbus clinched a playoff spot.
Union 1, Dynamo 1 — Sebastien Le Toux scored in the 40th minute, helping Philadelphia earn a draw with Houston in Chester, Pa.
The Union (7-13-7) were eliminated from playoff contention after Seattle beat Toronto FC.
Andrew Hainault scored for the Dynamo (7-14-6).
D.C. United 1, Rapids 0 — Danny Allsopp’s goal during first-half injury time lifted D.C. United over host Colorado.
United (6-18-3) controlled the play for most of the first half, outshooting Colorado, 9-3.