DENVER (AP) -- Duncan Oughton scored in the 41st minute, and the Columbus Crew extended their unbeaten streak to 18 with a 1-1 tie against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
Columbus (12-5-13) closed the regular season on an 8-0-10 run, finishing with 49 points, tied with Kansas City for the best overall record in MLS. The Crew will open the playoffs against New England.
John Henderson scored on a penalty kick for Colorado. The Rapids (19-9-11) needed at least a tie to clinch the third seed in the Western Conference and will open the playoffs at home against Los Angeles.
Colorado, 0-2-2 in its last four games, controlled play early, taking the game's first five shots. Henderson had the best chance in the 19th minute, but goalkeeper Jon Busch made a sliding save.
Oughton put Columbus ahead, taking Danny Szetela's pass in front of the goal and sending a shot past goalkeeper Joe Cannon's left shoulder.
Henderson answered for the Rapids in the 46th minute on a penalty kick awarded when Alfredo Delgado was dragged down by Tony Sanneh.