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October 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Monday morning MLS roundup: The last stand of Chivas USA

What, you thought Chivas USA was going to limp meekly into the darkness of a reported two-year hiatus and subsequent rebrand?

Sure, there was plenty of evidence, from the fact that it hadn’t scored a single goal against anybody but the Sounders since July 20 and hasn’t even held a lead against anybody but the Sounders since July 12.

Then Sunday happened and provided the strongest reminder of that season that just when you think you’ve figured out this league … Chivas goes and stuns Real Salt Lake 1-0 via Felix Borja’s lone second-half goal at the StubHub Center.

That’s the same RSL still fighting desperately to claw out of the fourth/fifth-place play-in game in the West going down to a team already long since eliminated. And it could have even been worse if Cubo Torres’ penalty kick hadn’t been saved by Nick Rimando.

– The L.A. Galaxy kept pace with the Sounders in the Supporter’s Shield chase courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory over Toronto — but will be without Robbie Keane and possibly Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez for next weekend’s showdown with F.C. Dallas thanks to national team commitments.

D.C. United continued its remarkable turnaround by clinching a playoff berth less than a year after finishing bottom of the Eastern Conference. The 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City that locked it up, though, was even duller than the final score would suggest.

Vancouver and Portland continued to make things interesting the fight for the final Western Conference playoff spot, the former courtesy of a 2-0 win over Dallas and the latter thanks to a narrow 2-1 takedown of San Jose. The Whitecaps hold a one-point lead in the standings, but though both sides are locked on 10 wins for the first tiebreaker, the Timbers have the edge both in goal difference and goals scored.

– Does anybody want to qualify in the East? New York took a massive step toward the postseason with its gritty 1-0 victory over Houston. Toronto, Columbus and Philadelphia, though, all dropped three points in a race that could come down to a single one.

Here’s where we stand through 31 games, standings courtesy of MLSSoccer.com:

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