Robert Warzycha scored off a rebound of his own shot last night to give Columbus a 2-1 victory over the visiting Colorado Rapids and put the Crew in the playoffs for the fourth time in Major League Soccer's four-year history.
The Crew's win, combined with losses by New England and Miami, earned it a playoff berth. Columbus (16-10) also set a franchise record for victories.
Columbus swept the season series with Colorado 2-0 after defeating the Rapids once in the three previous seasons.
Stern John opened the scoring for the Crew in the 13th minute on a header, with assists by Rob Smith and Mike Lapper. Marcelo Balboa tied the score in the 35th minute on a 30-yard free kick.
Goalkeeper Ian Feuer had six saves for Colorado (16-9). Mark Dougherty made three saves for the Crew.
* MUTINY 5, REVOLUTION 1: Manuel Lagos scored the first two goals of his career and set up two more as Tampa Bay (13-14) beat host New England and extended its winning streak to four games.
Lagos's six points equaled a Mutiny single-game scoring high.
Raul Diaz Arce, Carlos Valderrama and Mauricio Ramos also scored for the Mutiny, which set a single-game mark for most goals.
New England (9-17) is in the midst of a 1-8 slump.
* GALAXY 2, FUSION 1: Cobi Jones's goal early in the second half gave Los Angeles the win over host Miami. Jones ran through the middle of Miami's defense and picked up a perfectly timed pass from Mauricio Cienfuegos. Jones then headed in a six-yard shot past goalkeeper Garth Lagerwey to snap a 1-1 tie.
Saul Martinez's deflected shot--quickly stopped by Los Angeles goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in the final minute--was Miami's last chance at tying the match.
* CLASH 2, WIZARDS 0: Goalkeeper Joe Cannon recorded his first shutout as host San Jose blanked Kansas City.