Sporting Kansas City have clinched an MLS playoff place with a 2-1 win over LA Galaxy on the final day of the regular season.
The Kansas City pressure paid off moments later, when Ellis hit the back of the net from close range.
Robbie Keane levelled the score in first-half stoppage time when his shot found the bottom right corner.
Dominic Dwyer gave Kansas City the lead, and a place in the playoffs,in the 65th minute with a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
Krisztian Nemeth had chances to extend Kansas City's lead in the closing stages but Ricketts kept three attempts out.
Kansas City will travel to Portland next week in the playoff knockout round while LA Galaxy will host Seattle Sounders.