HARRISON, New Jersey (AP) — New York Red Bulls secured top spot in the Major League Soccer standings at the end of the regular season with a 5-2 win over Chicago Fire on Sunday, giving first-year coach Mike Petke plenty to celebrate ahead of the playoffs.
"I feel like over the last two weeks, the pressure and stress I put on my shoulders, I feel like I can handle anything in life," Petke said. "It was a very emotional two weeks."
Thierry Henry scored a goal in the first half and set up New York's fifth goal in the 84th minute to help the Red Bulls get to 59 competition points, lifting them over Sporting Kansas City, which had 58 points. Portland led the western conference with 57 points.
It was the first Supporters' Shield triumph for the Red Bulls, who will carry an eight-game unbeaten streak into the playoffs. They also secured a spot in next season's CONCACAF Champions League.
"At 12 midnight tonight it will be a wonderful memory because we still have five games left." Petke said. "We're going to refocus and get ready for the playoffs."
At Seattle, Clint Dempsey scored in the 30th minute for the Sounders before Robbie Keane salvaged a 1-1 draw for the L.A. Galaxy.
Dempsey's goal gave Seattle a chance at finishing third in the western conference but Keane's 78th-minute equalizer changed the entire playoff picture.
Galaxy took third place and will face Real Salt Lake in the two-leg conference semifinals. Seattle will host Colorado in the play-in round on Wednesday, with the winner getting Portland in the conference semifinals.
The New England Revolution qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2009 after beating the Columbus Crew 1-0 and Houston wrapped up a playoff spot for the third consecutive season with a 2-1 win over DC United.
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