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Crew beat Fire 2-0 but still miss playoffs

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

The Crew’s Darlington Nagbe, left, and Fire’s Carlos Teran chase the ball during the second half of Sunday’s match.
The Crew’s Darlington Nagbe, left, and Fire’s Carlos Teran chase the ball during the second half of Sunday’s match.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lucas Zelarayan and Miguel Berry scored for Columbus in its 2-0 win over the 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.

The Fire (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.