Chicago embraced its role as playoff spoiler for other teams, drawing 2-2 with the Columbus Crew at Toyota Park. With the Crew needing points and help, Adam Jahn put them up in the 13th minute. Chicago equalized in the 53rd through an own goal and went ahead when Michael de Leeuw scored in the 57th. Jahn equalized for Columbus in the 80th minute. Splitting the points means the Crew join the Fire in missing the playoffs this season.
"What I think is that we have one more game left at home, and I just said that to the guys in the locker room," Chicago coach Veljko Paunovic said. "We just have three days left to prepare for the game on Sunday, recover, and do everything to win that game. This year, the people who come, our crowd, our supporters, they suffered too much and we have to give that last game everything we have to win the game. I think that's very important."
Colorado picked up three points at home, beating San Jose 2-1. Kevin Doyle scored for the Rapids in the 38th minute with Chris Wondolowski equalizing from the penalty spot in the 57th. Doyle converted a penalty in the 73rd.
"I think there were some ebbs and flows," Wondolowski said of San Jose's performance in the first-half. "I think that at times we could have been a little better, a little sharper, and a little tougher - we lacked that. I don't think that we were outplayed the first-half. I thought we created some chances but it wasn't as consistent as we would have liked."