FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Steve Ralston scored the go-ahead goal in the 58th minute, and the New England Revolution earned a spot in the MLS playoffs with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.
New England and Chicago finished tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference at 8-13-9. The Revolution will advance to the postseason after winning the season series with the Fire 2-1-1.
All three goals were scored within a three-minute span in the second half.
Clint Dempsey put New England ahead in the 55th minute, and Chicago tied it when Nate Jaqua headed in Andy Williams' corner kick.
Ralston one-timed a pass from Jose Cancela for the game-winner.
New England will face Columbus in a two-game, total-goals series starting Oct. 23 at Gillette Stadium and continuing Oct. 31 in Columbus.