- Associated Press - Sunday, October 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson scored to lead D.C. United past the Chicago Fire 2-1 and into the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference title on Saturday.

United stretched its unbeaten streak to five games - the biggest single-season turnaround in MLS history, rebounding from last year’s 24-loss season.

United opened the scoring at the 31-minute mark when Pontius headed a perfect cross from Eddie Johnson past Kyle Renish into the lower left corner. It was Pontius’ first goal after missing most of the season due to injury.

Johnson added to the total in the 53rd minute, forcing a turnover in the Chicago end and firing a shot to upper left corner for his seventh goal of the season.

Harrison Shipp scored for Chicago in the 67th minute.



Philadelphia rookies Brian Brown and Pedro Ribeiro scored the second goals of their MLS careers to help the Union beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1.

Ribeiro finished Cristian Maidana’s cross in the 71st minute to break a 1-1 deadlock for the Union.

Ribeiro entered as a substitute in the 69th minute for Brown, who opened the scoring in the 45th minute. Brown cut behind the defense and poked Maidana’s cross into the right corner of the net.

Dominic Dwyer converted a penalty in the 54th minute for his 22nd goal.

The San Jose Earthquakes regained sole possession of the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot after holding the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 0-0 draw.

The Whitecaps moved a point ahead of the Portland Timbers, who played a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake on Friday, with each team having one game left. Next Saturday night, Vancouver is home against Colorado, and Portland is at FC Dallas.

At Commerce City, Colorado, Blas Perez scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season in FC Dallas’ 1-0 victory over the Rapids.

Dallas moved past Real Salt Lake into third place in the Western Conference.

Perez scored from a penalty goal in the 56th minute after Colorado’s Chris Klute was called for a handball inside the penalty area.

The Montreal Impact drew 1-1 with Toronto FC after Felipe found the equalizer in the 39th minute, giving. Montreal conceded an Eastern Conference playoff spot to Columbus.

Warren Creavalle opened the scoring for Toronto in the 20th minute.

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