Whitecaps fail to clinch playoff berth with regular season finale loss to Minnesota United

Franco Fragapane scored early in the first half, Jonathan Gonzalez added an insurance goal in the second, and Minnesota United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 on Sunday to clinch a Western Conference playoff berth.

Minnesota United (15-14-6) entered the game needing a win or a draw to qualify and improved to 3-0-2 all-time against Vancouver (12- 16-7) at home. The Whitecaps needed a win to clinch a playoff berth.

Minnesota United entered the game with just one point in their last six games (0-5-1) before beating Vancouver for the second time this season. It was the first time that one team beat the other twice in the same season.

Emanuel Reynoso notched his 11th assist to go with 10 goals. He is one of three players to reach double digits in both categories this season, joining Nashville’s Hany Mukhtar and LAFC’s Carlos Vela.

WATCH | Whitecaps unable to secure playoff berth, suffer shutout loss to Minnesota United:

Whitecaps unable to secure post-season berth with shutout loss to Minnesota

Vancouver loses 2-0 and fails to clinch a playoff berth. Minnesota United locks in its position in the MLS Cup playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.

Dayne St. Clair of Pickering, Ont., stopped six shots to earn a clean sheet for Minnesota United. Thomas Hasal made three saves for the Whitecaps.

Vancouver ended its season with three straight wins at home, but the Whitecaps went 0-5-3 in their last eight road games.

WATCH | Canada’s Dayne St. Clair helps Minnesota United qualify for the MLS playoffs:

Incredible save by Canadian goaltender Dayne St. Clair helps Minnesota qualify for the playoffs

Dayne St. Clair of Pickering, Ont., makes an incredible save in Minnesota United’s 2-0 shutout victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

CF Montreal beats Miami and falls short of first place in the East

Djordje Mihailovic and Lassi Lappalainen scored in the first eight minutes as CF Montreal cruised to a 3-1 victory over Inter Miami in a regular-season finale on Sunday.

Montreal needed a win and a loss to the Philadelphia Union to claim first place in the Eastern Conference. The Union beat Toronto 4-0.

Inter Miami, who had already clinched a playoff berth, rode a four-game winning streak at home.

Mihailovic scored in the fifth minute for Montreal (21-9-5) and Lappalainen added his goal three minutes later with an assist from Mihailovic. Kei Kamara made it 3-0 at halftime with a goal in the 36th minute.

Mihailovic and Kamara finished with nine goals each for Montreal, just behind Romell Quioto’s team record of 15 goals. Lappalainen’s goal was his third.

Montreal won six more games this season than in any other, scoring 65 points to surpass its previous high of 14. Montreal finished with 15 one-goal wins, second to New England’s record of 18 set last season .

WATCH | CF Montreal defeats Inter Miami in the last game of the regular season:

CF Montreal heads to playoffs with convincing win over Miami

CF Montreal beat Inter Miami 3-1 in the final game of the regular season to finish second in the Eastern Conference.

The club have scored 63 goals (at half time) this campaign, surpassing their previous record of 11.

Inter Miami’s score came on an own goal by Montrealer Joel Waterman in the 85th minute.

Gonzalo Higuain saw his five-goal streak come to an end for Inter Miami (14-15-6).

Gazdag hat-trick puts Union past Toronto FC

Daniel Gazdag scored three goals and the Union took the top seed in the Eastern Conference, beating FC Toronto 4-0 on Sunday.

The Union entered Decision Day needing a win to secure the No. 1 seed, home-court advantage and a first-round playoff bye. A tie or a loss could have left the door open for Montreal to take first place.

Gazdag left little doubt, scoring in the 4th minute and assisting on Mikael Uhre’s 42nd-minute goal as Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead at intermission.

In the second half, Gazdag scored from a 60-minute penalty and completed the hat-trick three minutes later.

Toronto did not manage a shot on goal.

The Union improved to 19-5-10 and Toronto fell to 9-18-7.

WATCH | Toronto FC end the season with a 293-minute drought against Union:

Toronto FC suffers a 5th consecutive defeat in the last game of the season

Philadelphia defeats Toronto 4-0 to secure first place in the Eastern Conference. TFC ends the season with a 293-minute drought, including a third consecutive shutout.

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