Coming into the final day of the 2017 MLS regular season, three teams were fighting for one available playoff spot in the Western Conference, with FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes all still in the running.
The Earthquakes came in knowing that all they needed was a win to earn their spot, while the other two sides needed help to claim a playoff place.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 22, 2017
Despite Dallas thumping the LA Galaxy 5-1 and RSL taking a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City, a 93rd minute goal from Marco Urena proved to be a heart breaker for the other two sides, as the Earthquakes claimed a 3-2 win over Minnesota United and the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Earthquakes will face the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Western Conference third seed, in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs.