Omar Cummings' first goal since early August was enough for the Colorado Rapids in a wild-card game played in freezing temperatures.
The Rapids, the defending MLS Cup champs, tallied at the end of the first half to beat the visiting Columbus Crew, 1-0, Thursday night and advance to a home-and-home, first-round series against Eastern Conference champion Sporting Kansas City.
The first game will be Sunday evening in Commerce City, Colo., after Major League Soccer pushed the game back by a day. It would have been quite a hardship for Colorado to play two days after the wild-card encounter.
Cummings scored from Kosuke Kimura's feed following a through ball by Brian Mullan to the right side of Columbus' box.
DSG Park (Commerce City, Colo)
Colorado Rapids 1, Columbus Crew 0
Colo -- Omar Cummings (Kosuke Kimura, Brian Mullan) 45
Colorado Rapids: Matt Pickens; Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Miguel Comminges; Brian Mullan, Jeff Larentowicz, Jamie Smith (Ross LaBauex, 74), Sanna Nyassi (Macoumba Kandji 89); Omar Cummings (Wells Thompson 68), Caleb Folan.
Columbus Crew: Will Hesmer; Sebastian Miranda (Jeff Cunningham, 70; Tommy Heinemann, 85), Chad Marshall, Julius James, Josh Gardner; Eddie Gaven, Rich Balchan, Tony Tchani, Robbie Rogers; Dilly Duka (Emilio Renteria, 65), Andres Mendoza.
Yellow card: Miranda 15.
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez. Att.: 7,803.
FC Dallas 0, New York 1 (Lindpere 61)
Colorado 1 (Cummings 45), Columbus 0
FIRST ROUND, FIRST LEG
Seattle at Real Salt Lake, 7 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)
Galaxy at New York, noon (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)
Houston at Philadelphia, 2 p.m. (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)
Sporting Kansas City at Colorado, 6:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)
FIRST ROUND, SECOND LEG
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Colorado at Sporting Kansas City, 5 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)
Real Salt Lake at Seattle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)
Thursday, Nov. 3
Philadelphia at Houston, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)
New York vs. Galaxy at Home Depot Center (Carson), 8 p.m. (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)
Sunday, Nov. 6
Western or Eastern final, 2:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)
Western or Eastern final, time TBA (ESPN or ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)
MLS CUP 2011
Sunday, Nov. 20
At Home Depot Center (Carson), 7 p.m. (ESPN and Galavision)