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Result: Colorado Rapids plunge Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup playoffs into doubt

Sporting Kansas City have just one game left to book a playoff spot in the MLS Cup following a shock 2-0 defeat to Colorado Rapids.

Sporting Kansas City have just one game left to secure a place in the MLS Cup playoffs after stumbling to a 2-0 defeat against Colorado Rapids on Wednesday.

Dillon Powers and Marcelo Sarvas scored in the final 13 minutes of the clash to leave Sporting KC needing a home win over Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday to put them into the playoffs.

The Rapids came close to taking the lead within the first 30 minutes of the match when Kevin Doyle's diving header looked goal-bound, but goalkeeper Tim Melia was able to keep it out.

A poor finish from Luis Solignac, who sent a decent chance high over the crossbar, kept proceedings level at Sporting Park before the break, and the home side failed to strike in a first half for the ninth league game in a row.

A penalty shout from Sporting KC was denied by referee Fotis Bazakos after the break, despite Graham Zusi's cross appearing to graze the arm of Axel Sjoberg in the box.

The home side upped their game as the half went on, but they struggled to make the most of their possession in the final third, as Zusi, Soni Mustivar and Krisztian Nemeth all missed chances.

The Rapids were able to take advantage of their opponents' attacking approach by hitting them on the counter, and in the closing stages of the match, Doyle and Powers caught Kevin Ellis and Mustivar out of position.

Doyle laid the ball off to Powers, who chipped over the goalkeeper and found the back of the net to put the visitors 1-0 up with just 13 minutes of normal time remaining.

Sporting KC almost equalised in the 82nd minute when Jordi Quintilla came close, but his effort flew just wide of the target, and two minutes later the hosts were dealt a double blow when Sam Cronin was sent off for a second yellow.

The Rapids took advantage again on the break as Sarvas grabbed his side's second to leave Sporting KC fifth in the Western Conference, while the visitors reside bottom of the table.

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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34225762332971
2Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34216770442669
3New York City FCNY City341681059451456
4DC United341491160501051
5Columbus Crew34149114345-251
6Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia34155144950-150
7Montreal ImpactMontreal34144164753-646
8New England RevolutionNew England341011134955-641
9Toronto34106185964-536
10Chicago Fire3488184861-1332
11Orlando City3484224374-3128

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas34188865402562
2Seattle SoundersSeattle341851152371559
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles34169968521657
4Dallas3416995244857
5Portland TimbersPortland35159115450454
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake34147135558-349
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy34139126664248
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver34138135467-1347
9Houston DynamoHouston34108165858038
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd34113204971-2236
11Colorado RapidsColorado3487193663-2731
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3449214971-2221

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