The Portland Timbers playoff opponent will be either the Colorado Rapids or regional rival Seattle Sounders.
Clint Dempsey scored in the 30th minute for Seattle in his ninth game back in Major League Soccer, and Robbie Keane’s half-volley late in the second half gave Los Angeles a 1-1 draw in the MLS regular-season finale at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.
Dempsey’s goal off a cross from Lamar Neagle gave Seattle (15-12-7) a chance at finishing third in the Western Conference, but Keane’s goal in the 78th minute in front of another massive crowd of 66,218 changed the entire playoff picture.
Keane’s goal gave the Galaxy (15-11-8) third place in the final standings. Los Angeles will face Real Salt Lake in the two-leg conference semifinals. Seattle will now host Colorado in the play-in round on Wednesday, with the winner getting Portland in the conference semifinals.
Timbers honors — Darlington Nagbe was named the Portland Timbers player of the year on Sunday. Defender of the year went to Donovan Ricketts. Will Johnson was voted Supporters’ player of the year, Diego Valeri was awarded the Golden Boot as the club’s leading scorer, Jack Jewsbury received the unsung hero award, and Alvas Powell was named the club’s up-and-coming player of the year.
Red Bulls claim Supporters’ Shield — Peguy Luyindula had three assists and the New York Red Bulls beat the Chicago Fire 5-2 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 KC, which had 58 points. It’s the first Supporters’ Shield for the Red Bulls.