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MLS Sunday roundup: Bradley Wright-Phillips ties single-season scoring record

Bradley Wright-Phillips, Tim Cahill, Lloyd Sam

New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, left, celebrates with teammates Tim Cahill, center, and Lloyd Sam after Wright-Phillips scored a goal against the Houston Dynamo during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Three matches took place Sunday as the MLS wrapped up the regular season in style, with Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips tying the single season goal scoring record with 27 goals in 32 games.

Sporting KC 0-2 New York Red Bulls

Coming into the match in need of a hat-trick to break the scoring record, Bradley Wright-Phillips tormented the KC defense all night long. After putting the Red Bulls up 1-0 in the 15th minute, BWP tallied again in the 70th with a superb individual effort, showcasing the nifty striker’s speed and strength.

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The rest of the match featured Red Bulls players tirelessly feeding Wright-Phillips in an attempt to score goal number 28, but he would have to settle for a tie as he finishes with 27 goals on the season.

The win catapulted New York ahead of Sporting KC in the standings, setting up a rematch at Red Bull Arena in the knockout round of the playoffs.

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Columbus Crew 2-1 Philadelphia Union

With a win at home and Sporting KC’s loss, the Columbus Crew locked down the third seed in the Eastern Conference. It looked like a draw was in place when the Union’s Zach Pfeffer knotted the score at one in the 85th minute, but Bernardo Anor scored the game-winner in the 90th minute.

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Anor appeared to be offside on the play, but that won’t matter to Columbus fans as the Crew avoid having to play in the knockout round.

Chivas USA 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes

In a battle of bottom-feeders in the Western Conference, Chivas USA closed out their season with a win over the lowly San Jose Earthquakes. San Jose enjoyed nearly 60% of possession, but a 32nd minute goal from Felix Borjia was all Chivas needed to secure three points.

San Jose will look to rebuild after a tumultuous season that saw the club finish last in the Western Conference while only winning one game away from home.

Playoffs kick-off Wednesday night, so stay tuned to PST for all the latest news as teams vie for the MLS Cup.