Villafana's goal ends scoring drought for Chivas
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By The Associated Press
CARSON, California (AP) CARSON, California (AP) - Chivas USA ended a 600-minute scoring drought and earned a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas with Jorge Villafana's goal in the 69th minute on Sunday
Villafana's equalizer after Blas Perez opened the scoring for Dallas in the 8th minute ended the second-longest drought in league history.
With the point earned, FC Dallas sits four points behind Vancouver for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot, and each team has two games remaining. Vancouver would secure the playoff spot with a victory or an FC Dallas loss.
In other matches Sunday, the Sounders beat Portland 3-0 and Eddie Gaven's stoppage-time header gave Columbus Crew a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City.
In front of a record crowd of more than 66,452 at Seattle, Eddie Johnson scored his 14th goal of the season to extend the Sounders' lead to 2-0 in the 28th minute, just minutes after an Portland own goal. Fredy Montero added another in the 62nd.
Seattle moved into third-place in the Western Conference, two points clear of fourth-place Los Angeles. The fourth-place team in each conference must play an extra playoff game against the fifth-place team in the final regular season standings. Seattle is two points ahead of the Galaxy and three points behind second-place Real Salt Lake with games still remaining against both clubs.
At Columbus, Gaven's equalizer at the near right post came in the first minute of stoppage time. Sporting Kansas City took the lead in the 10th minute via a C.J. Sapong header.
With 49 points, the Crew are one out of playoff position. Houston is fifth in the Eastern Conference on 50 points, and each has two games left to play.
The Crew's past five winning goals have come in the 86th minute or later.
Kansas City has clinched a playoff spot and opened a three-point lead over second-place Chicago in the East, but is five points behind San Jose for the overall points lead and home-field throughout the postseason.
Updated October 8, 2012