VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Kendall Waston scored in the 70th minute and the Vancouver Whitecaps took the final Western Conference playoff spot with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
The defender flung himself at Pedro Morales' corner kick for a header.
The Whitecaps (12-8-14) entered the weekend a point ahead of Portland for the fifth and final playoff spot and had to win in order to advance after the Timbers beat FC Dallas 2-0 in Texas earlier Saturday.
Vancouver will visit Dallas in the Western Conference's No. 4 vs. No. 5 one-game playoff Wednesday night
The Rapids finished the season 8-18-8.
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