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Oct 19, 2014 at 12am UK at ​RFK Stadium
DC United
2-1
Chicago Fire
Pontius (31'), Johnson (53')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Shipp (67')
Ritter (92')

Result: DC United clinch first place in Eastern Conference with Chicago Fire win

Result: DC clinch first place with Chicago win
DC United secure top seed in the MLS Eastern Conference playoffs by hanging on to record a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire.

DC United clinched the number one seed in the MLS Eastern Conference playoffs with a 2-1 home victory over the Chicago Fire.

The home side threatened early on when Davy Arnaud raided down the right and lifted a cross to the back post, but Bobby Boswell failed to generate enough power on his effort to test Kyle Reynish.

Chicago responded and went close to taking the lead when Harrison Shipp released the run of Quincy Amarikwa. The striker cut the ball back to Florent Sinama-Pongolle, but his low effort was well saved by Bill Hamid.

United took the lead in the 31st minute when Eddie Johnson was given space and time to pick out the unmarked Chris Pontius, who guided a headed effort past Reynish at the back post.

In the second half, DC doubled their lead when Johnson capitalised on an error from Patrick Ianni, to race into the penalty area and fire an effort past Reynish into the top corner.

The Fire got a goal back when substitute Patrick Nyarko released the run of Shipp with a sublime through pass, and the midfielder slotted the ball under Hamid with a composed finish.

Chicago came within inches of an equaliser in the 74th minute when Amarikwa burst into the area and laid the ball back to Shipp, whose deflected effort trickled against the post before Hamid gathered.

At the other end, DC broke upfield and had the chance to kill the game off when Johnson picked out Nick DeLeon in the box, but his low shot was blocked by the legs of Reynish.

In the dying minutes, Jeff Larentowicz had an excellent opportunity to snatch his side a point, but his left-footed shot from close range was saved by Hamid as United held out for the victory.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta29186563362760
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls29175753322156
3New York City FCNY City29147851381349
4Columbus Crew2912893737044
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia29134124145-443
6Montreal ImpactMontreal29123144146-539
7DC United2898114848035
8New England RevolutionNew England28810104143-234
9Toronto2886145055-530
10Chicago Fire2876154152-1127
11Orlando City2873184066-2624

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas28156754342051
2Dallas28148647371050
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles28138755431247
4Portland TimbersPortland2913884441347
5Seattle SoundersSeattle2813693728945
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake29136104947245
7Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver28117104654-840
8Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy29108115459-538
9Houston DynamoHouston2887134743431
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2893164055-1530
11Colorado RapidsColorado2866163153-2224
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2958164658-1223

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