Dynamo Clinch Playoff Spot on Final Match Week
When the MLS regular season began back in March, the Dynamo couldn't imagine their playoff aspirations coming down to the final match week. Yet that's where the Dynamo sat Sunday afternoon; in a win-or-go-home scenario on the road in Washington DC.
That's seven time in eight years that the Dynamo have appeared in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
And as they've done time-and-time again throughout their seven years in town, the Dynamo came through with a 2-1 win over DC United to clinch the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Dynamo were the beneficiaries of an early goal via the penalty spot. In the 10th minute, Dynamo forward Giles Barnes was brought down by United defender James Riley inside the box. Riley being the last defender didn't draw a red card on the play, however the Dynamo were awarded a penalty kick. Boniek Garcia stepped up to drill a low shot to the right post, just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Bill Hamid for the 1-0.
Later in the half, United began to push forward and create chances. Luis Silva found Chris Pontius, who took the ball to the endline and sent a cross toward the far post. Kyle Porter headed the shot past Tally Hall for the equalizer.
With less than 10 minutes before the half, Hamid made two sensational saves in a row on Will Bruin and Brad Davis - the latter save resulted in a corner kick. On corner kick, Davis sent the bar toward the near post, where Barnes met the cross and flicked it in for the game-winning goal.
How the East played out
Coming into the weekend, the Dynamo were sitting in sixth place and knew that a win wasn't going to be enough to get them through; other games around the league were going to have to play out in their favor to clinch one of the three final spots in the East.
The first bit of good news came on Saturday, when the Montreal Impact fell on the road to Toronto FC 1-0. The loss kept the Impact at 49 points.
Then came Sunday afternoon, and the Dynamo's win moved them up to 51 points but awaiting the last two results to determine their seeding. The next chip fell in the Dynamo's favor when the New York Red Bulls trashed the Chicago Fire 5-2 at Red Bull Arena, clinching the Supporter's Shield for the Red Bulls for the first time in their team's history. At the same time, the New England Revolution went to Columbus to knock off the Crew 1-0.
The Revolution moved to 51 points in the East, the same as the Dynamo. However, the Revolution are seeded higher than the Dynamo because of higher goal differential. Chicago was left with 48 points, and out of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
The Dynamo, with their fourth seed, will now face the Montreal Impact at BBVA Compass Stadium for a one-game playoff. MLS has yet to determine the match date, but the Dynamo are currently selling tickets for the playoff match to be played on either October 30 or 31.