MLS Review: Kevin Doyle fires Colorado Rapids to top spot

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids went top of the Western Conference thanks to Kevin Doyle in MLS.

A Kevin Doyle brace helped the Colorado Rapids move top of the Western Conference in MLS on Thursday.

Doyle struck either side of a second-half Chris Wondolowski penalty as the Rapids recorded a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

The result extended the Rapids' unbeaten run to six games as they moved a point ahead of FC Dallas in the West.

For the Earthquakes, their slim playoff chances were officially ended.

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Reading striker Doyle, making his return, opened the scoring seven minutes before half-time at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Marc Burch's cross from the left was met by a diving Doyle, who headed into the top corner.

Eric Miller fouled Wondolowski in the area to give the forward a chance to equalize, which he did from the penalty spot in the 57th minute.

But Doyle restored the Rapids' lead 16 minutes later, drilling home a penalty after Fatai Alashe dragged down Dillon Powers from a corner.

The day's other game saw the Columbus Crew's playoff hopes ended as it drew 2-2 at the Chicago Fire despite an Adam Jahn brace.