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Crew tops Fire 2-0 but defending champs miss playoffs

The Crew didn't get the help they needed on the final day of the regular season
Credit: AP
Columbus Crew's Darlington Nagbe, left, and Chicago Fire's Federico Navarro fight for a the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lucas Zelarayan and Miguel Berry scored for Columbus in its 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Sunday, but the defending MLS champions will miss the playoffs.

Columbus (13-13-8) finished in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, tied with D.C. United, one point behind the final playoff spot.

Chicago (9-18-7) finished in 12th place.

Zelarayan weaved around two defenders in the box to score in the 31st minute and Berry cleaned up a rebound of his own shot in the 58th minute.

Eloy Room picked up his seventh shutout.

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