HARRISON, N.J. – Peguy Luyindula had three assists and the New York Red Bulls beat the Chicago Fire 5-2 on Sunday to finish with Major League Soccer’s best record.
Ibrahim Sekagya scored early in the second half to help the Red Bulls (17-9-8) get to 59 points for the regular season, lifting them over Sporting Kansas City, which had 58 points. The Portland Timbers led the Western Conference with 57 points, one more than Real Salt Lake.
It is the first Supporters’ Shield for the Red Bulls, who will carry an eight-match unbeaten streak into the MLS playoffs. They also gained a spot in next season’s CONCACAF Champions League.
Chicago (14-13-7) took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute on Mike Magee’s 21st goal of the season. Quincy Amarikwa scored in the 90th minute for the Fire, which failed to make the playoffs.
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New York will face the winner of a Houston-Montreal match in the East semifinals.
In other MLS matches, New England beat host Columbus 1-0 on Juan Agudelo’s goal to get the No. 3 playoff berth in the East; Houston won 2-1 at D.C. United to make the playoffs for the third straight year; and Vancouver overwhelmed visiting Colorado 3-0.
Camilo scored three times for Vancouver to give him a league-best 22 goals. Colorado will visit Sounders FC on Wednesday and the winner will play Portland in the West semifinals.