Lionard Pajoy scored in the 50th minute, and Bill Hamid made eight saves to help D.C. United rally for a 1-1 tie with the host Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Lionard Pajoy scored in the 50th minute, and Bill Hamid made eight saves to help D.C. United rally for a 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer on Saturday.
The draw gave D.C. United second place in the Eastern Conference.
United (17-10-7) went 5-0-2 in its last seven matches to finish with 58 points, one more than New York and Chicago (17-11-6). New York finished third, ahead of fourth-place Chicago, on a tiebreaker.
With New York beating Philadelphia 3-0 earlier in the day, the Fire needed to defeat D.C. United to avoid playing in the first-round, one-game elimination round.
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Instead, Chicago will host fifth-place Houston in that match Wednesday night. The winner plays Eastern Conference champion Sporting Kansas City in the next round.
Pajoy beat Sean Johnson with a diving header in the 50th minute.
Pajoy’s eighth goal of the season, and third since joining United from Philadelphia, was one of D.C.’s few good chances.
PORTLAND — Chris Wondolowski tied the MLS season record with his 27th goal and San Jose wrapped up the regular season with a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers.
Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in the 24th minute, matching the goals record set by Roy Lassiter of Tampa Bay in 1996.
The Earthquakes (19-6-9) went undefeated in their last 10 matches and lead the league with 72 goals. They will face the winner of Thursday’s match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Vancouver in the playoffs.
Bright Dike scored the equalizer in the 67th minute.
• In other MLS matches, A.J. Soares scored in the 89th minute as New England beat Montreal 1-0; Real Salt Lake and Vancouver played to a scoreless draw; and Colorado — which failed to qualify for the playoffs — beat Houston 2-0.