The game in 100 words (or less): FC Dallas inched three points closer to the 2016 MLS Supporters’ Shield on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over the LA Galaxy, but the Colorado Rapids, the side with the best chance of supplanting FCD for the regular-season title, kept pace and kept the heat turned all the way up with 1-0 victory of their own, over the Portland Timbers, to become the Western Conference’s second side to clinch a postseason berth. The Galaxy also clinched a place in the playoffs, thanks to the Timbers’ loss. At the end of the weekend, the standings will read as follows: FC Dallas, first, on 56 points; Colorado Rapids, second, on 51 points. Here’s the kicker: the Rapids have two games in hand, which could ultimately prove the difference between now and the end of the regular season, October 23. Walker Zimmerman scored the only goal in Frisco, while Sebastien Le Toux played the part of hero in Commerce City.
Three Two moments that mattered
9:47 p.m. ET — Zimmerman rises above, heads FCD into the lead — Mauro Diaz is a wonderful soccer-playing unicorn. No matter open play or set pieces, the Argentine’s service is going to be on point, and it’s up to you to finish it.
10:32 p.m. ET — Le Toux sweeps home after Hairston wriggles free — As I’ve stated on numerous occasions this season, I’m still not sure what position Marlon Hairston plays, but I sure do love watching him play.
Men of the match: Mauro Diaz / Marlon Hairston
Goalscorers: Zimmerman (39′) / Le Toux (63′)