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Kendall Waston scores in 70th minute, Whitecaps beat Rapids 1-0 to earn playoff spot

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Kendall Waston scored in the 70th minute and the Vancouver Whitecaps took the final Western Conference playoff spot with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

The defender flung himself at Pedro Morales' corner kick for a header.

PHOTO: Vancouver Whitecaps' Kendall Watson (4) scores a goal against Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin, left, as Deshorn Brown (26) watches during the second half of an MLS soccer game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darry Dyck)
Vancouver Whitecaps' Kendall Watson (4) scores a goal against Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin, left, as Deshorn Brown (26) watches during the second half of an MLS soccer game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darry Dyck)

The Whitecaps (12-8-14) entered the weekend a point ahead of Portland for the fifth and final playoff spot and had to win in order to advance after the Timbers beat FC Dallas 2-0 in Texas earlier Saturday.

Vancouver will visit Dallas in the Western Conference's No. 4 vs. No. 5 one-game playoff Wednesday night

The Rapids finished the season 8-18-8.

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