WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lewis Neal scored in stoppage time and D.C. United beat the Columbus Crew 3-2 on Saturday night to clinch its first playoff berth in five seasons.
The win also pushed United's club home unbeaten streak to 16 (12-0-4). United won the last of its four MLS titles in 2004.
Eddie Gaven and Jairo Arrieta each scored their ninth goals of the season for Columbus.
United would've clinched one of five Eastern Conference playoff spots with a draw, but can now finish no worse than fourth and is guaranteed at least one home playoff game.
They moved ahead of the Chicago Fire and into second place in the Eastern Conference, and could win the conference with a win at Chicago and a Sporting Kansas City loss in the season finales next weekend.
Neal sealed the win a minute into stoppage time when he finished off a swift counterattack that began when Chris Korb's long ball found Branko Boskovic on the left. Boskovic quickly played to Neal, who finished past a stranded Andy Gruenebaum. Neal and Boskovic were late substitutes for United.