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Timbers still in it

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The breaks continued to fall the Portland Timbers' way on Wednesday night, as the club stayed alive in its bid to make the MLS playoffs.

The Timbers drew with D.C. United 1-1 at RFK Stadium, giving Portland (11-14-8) 41 points with one match remaining in the regular season.

Either the Timbers or the New York Red Bulls will get the 10th and final postseason spot - and play a road match next Wednesday against the No. 7 seed (top wild card).

If New York (9-8-16, 43 points) gets a tie or win tonight at home against Philadelphia, the Red Bulls would clinch the playoff berth. New York owns the tiebreaker (goal differential) over the Timbers.

But if New York loses to Philadelphia, the Timbers can qualify for the postseason if they beat Real Salt Lake in Utah at 6 p.m. PT Saturday.

MLS parity was on display in the nation's capital Wednesday, as both Portland and D.C. United could have used the three points for a victory and tried mightily to push - with each side able to finish only once.

The loss eliminated D.C. (9-12-12, 39 points) from the playoff race. United will be one of eight clubs home watching.

The Timbers took the lead in the 24th minute when D.C. had two defenders fall asleep on forward Kenny Cooper a few yards from the goal. Cooper easily flicked defender Rodney Wallace's header past goalkeeper Bill Hamid for his team-high eighth goal of the season.

But that was all Portland could muster on the scoreboard, and United got the equalizer in the 73rd minute on a shot by midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, who leads the league with 16 goals.

Troy Perkins made six saves for Portland. Hamid made four saves.

D.C. led 26-22 in shots and 10-4 on corner kicks.