Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle fired Colorado Rapids to the top of the MLS Western Conference with a brace in a 2-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes.

Former Wolves man Doyle, who was named in Martin O'Neill's preliminary squad for last week's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Georgia but didn't figure due to injury, broke the deadlock seven minutes before the break with a terrific diving header.

His second - which turned out to be the winner - came from the spot in the 73rd minute after Chris Wondolowski had levelled for the Earthquakes with a penalty of his own.

Defeat ended the Earthquakes' hopes of making the play-offs.

Columbus Crew's hopes of making the play-offs are also over after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Chicago Fire.

Things started well for the Crew, who went ahead in the 13th minute through Adam Jahn, but two goals in four second-half minutes put Chicago in front.

Michael Parkhurst put through his own net in the 53rd minute and then Michael de Leeuw struck soon after for the Fire.

Jahn scored a stunning equaliser in the 80th minute and the Crew pushed for a winner in a bid to keep their hopes of extending their season alive, but they came up short.