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Sounders make playoffs; Rooney edges DC United closer to postseason berth

US Sports Desk, Oct 18 (EFE).- The Seattle Sounders have clinched a berth in the Major League Soccer playoffs with a 2-1 win over Orlando City.

Spanish midfielder Victor Rodriguez scored the first goal of Wednesday night's match at Orlando City Stadium for the Sounders when he received a pass from Kelvin Leerdam and tipped a volley over the head of goalkeeper Adam Grinwis in the third minute.

Kenyan midfielder Handwalla Bwana doubled the visitors' lead at the 13-minute mark, while Orlando City pulled one back with a goal in the 57th minute by Dom Dwyer.

Seattle (53 points) is the fourth team to qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference.

Three teams are in the running for the final two playoff berths in that conference with two games remaining in the season: the Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

DC United (47 points), meanwhile, edged closer to a spot in the postseason with a 1-0 home victory over Toronto.

Veteran English striker Wayne Rooney was the difference once again, scoring the lone goal of the match on a spectacular free kick from 30 meters (33 yards) out in the 18th minute.

Rooney has been the driving force for DC United since his arrival in June, lifting that former last-place club into the sixth position in the Eastern Conference.

DC United, which has won four games in a row and has an eight-game unbeaten streak, will make the 12-team playoffs if it maintains its current spot in the standings.

In other action Wednesday night, visiting Sporting Kansas City routed the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-1.

Sporting KC, which has already booked a postseason berth, is in second place in the Western Conference with 56 points and can still aspire to the top spot with two games remaining.

Brazil's Felipe opened the scoring for the Whitecaps 42 minutes into the match, but Yohan Croizet notched the equalizer for Sporting KC at the 62-minute mark.

Hungarian striker Daniel Salloi then put the visitors ahead with a goal in the 82nd minute.

Sporting KC piled on with a pair of goals in second-half stoppage time: one from 16-year-old substitute Gianluca Busio (who became the second-youngest goal scorer in MLS history) and another from Salloi.

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