Conference Finals

Sporting Kansas City

2012 MLS Cup Playoff Predictions

WVHooligan at related • 0 views

Who will win this shiny trophy in December? (Getty Images)

The 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs kick off tonight in Chicago as the Fire host the Houston Dynamo in the first knockout round game. Yesterday I previewed each conference for the first two rounds but today I am going to give predictions for the whole kitten-baboodle.

Back to Close Out League Play

Down the Byline at related • 0 views
After having last weekend off due to the international break, Sporting KC is returning to action tomorrow when they'll take on the New York Red Bulls. With only two games left, there's very little room for error as KC looks to hang on to first in the Eastern Conference and home field advantage through at least the conference finals.

Year 1 as Sporting

Down the Byline at related • 0 views

One year ago today, the Kansas City Wizards had an announcement at the Power and Light District in downtown KC to announce their identity change from the Wizards to Sporting Kansas City. Included with the new name was a new logo, new colors, and basically a new identity.

Overall the first year of "Sporting KC" would be classified as a success both on an off the field, on the field the team went from missing the playoffs two straight years to topping the Eastern Conference in the regular season and making the conference finals.

Photo of the Day: Death to CJ

The Offside Rules at related • 0 views


This was the scene last night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park after CJ Sapong put the Rapids' chances of advancing to the Conference finals all but out of reach. I know it's a celebration shot but it kind of looks like a band of demons have come to drag his soul to hell. Blame Kei Kamara's gloves, which were apparently left over from the "Skeleton Boy" video shoot.

Take Care of Business

Down the Byline at related • 0 views
Sporting KC are back to business with a quick turnaround as they take on the Colorado Rapids in the second leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park tomorrow. It'll be interesting to see how Colorado comes out for this game. Three players that started the game in Colorado are now done for the season, Drew Moor, Caleb Folan, and Kosuke Kimura all left the game with injuries.

Playoff Brackets Set

Down the Byline at related • 0 views
With their win over LA tonight, the Houston Dynamo finalized the playoff seedings. With that we have a better idea now of who the Wizards will face in the conference semifinals. Of the four wild card teams, Dallas is the 7th seed, Colorado 8th, Columbus 9th, and New York 10th. KC will play the highest of the remaining wildcard teams after the wild card round.

second half

Sounders U23s End First Season With Semifinal Loss

Sounder at Heart at related • 0 views

In their first season in existence, the Sounders U23s won the toughest division in the PDL, won their first ever playoff match, and defeated 2009 PDL Champion Ventura County Fusion in the conference finals. That took them to the national semifinals yesterday in London, Ontario, where they faced Forest City London, who are on a bit of a cinderella run with the fewest regular season points of any playoff team.

Will Bravo be Back?

Down the Byline at related • 0 views
Personally I don't see a ton in this story, but it's been a major talking point the past few days. One of the team's designated players', Omar Bravo told Univsion this week that he had "a lot to think about" with regards to next season. Specifically Bravo was talking about last Sunday's conference final against Houston.

LA Galaxy

Galaxy's Triumvirate Wins Los Angeles its Third MLS Cup

The Zygo Soccer Report at related • 0 views

On Sunday evening in a rainy Carson, California it seemed that all the stars had aligned for MLS, for AEG, for Don Garber, and for the Designated Player concept as David Beckham, Robbie Keane, and Landon Donovan teamed up to give the Los Angeles Galaxy the 2011 MLS Cup winning goal in the 72nd minute at the Home Depot Center.

Vermes Finishes 3rd in Coach of the Year

Down the Byline at related • 0 views
Today, MLS announced the Coach of the Year. Unfortunately, Sporting KC coach, Peter Vermes did not win the coach of the year. The award this year went to the coach of the Supporters' Shield winning, LA Galaxy, Bruce Arena. Vermes finished 3rd in the voting behind Arena and Sigi Schmid. A strong season for Vermes taking KC from their 1-6-3 start to the Eastern Conference regular season championship and the conference finals, a job not many coaches in the league could have done.

State of the States | November, 2011

Albion Road at related • 2 views

There's only one big game left on the domestic calendar and two friendlies scheduled on the international front as we head towards winter. This month''s State of the States focuses on the MLS playoffs, the dampening of Klinsmania, and the coming expansion of the US top flight.

MLS Playoffs - The final is set.

Arena & Kinnear lead teams to MLS elite

MIKE JACOBS at related • 1 view
Ives Galarcep writes of the coaches that will lead the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo into the MLS Cup, and their ability to make adjustments and put their team in position to win games and titles.



The halftime break can mean different things to different teams. It can be the welcome respite for a group coming under fire, or the poorly-timed break that a surging side hates to see.

Timbers Tid Bits: AEG Cup Edition

Stumptown Footy at related • 0 views

So yesterday's Conference Finals were interesting. Not so much because they unexpected happened. In fact, I'd have pegged the Los Angeles Galaxy to beat Real Salt Lake any day and the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City matches were pretty much up in the air. No, it's interesting for a couple of reasons:

1.

READY, SET, GO INTERGALACTIC DYNO-MITE

Cult Football at related • 1 view
In a huge disappointment to fans of dreadlocks everywhere, no white men with dreads are likely to hoist the MLS Cup this year.

Los Angeles will host the Houston Dynamo on November 20, as both teams won their conference finals by a two goal margin. Unfortunately for Houston, the Galaxy remains undefeated at home in 2011.

Who will advance to the MLS Cup final?

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

Photo by David Bernal/ISIphotos.com

By Sunday's end, the MLS playoff field will be narrowed down to two clubs.

No wild card teams remain in the postseason picture after the overall top seed Los Angeles Galaxy disposed of the New York Red Bulls Thursday night.

To Live and Die in L.A.

New England Soccer Today at related • 1 view

In the emotionally-charged sequel to last weekend's showdown at Red Bull Area, Mike Magee and Landon Donovan each scored as Los Angeles beat New York 2-1 during the second leg of the Western Conference semis and advanced to the Conference Finals 3-1 on aggregate.

Although Red Bulls' target man Luke Rodgers opened the scoring with a 4th minute strike to immediately level the series at 1-1, Magee, the former Red Bull who had pointed words for his  former employers prior to the match, replied before halftime when he took hold of a David Beckham cornerand banged it through to relcaim the L.

WCR Weekend Soccer on Television - 5/6 November 2011

World Club Rankings at related • 0 views

In our final week before the next international break, I count forty-three matches being broadcast in the United States this weekend, so there's definitely something for everybody. The only match between two ranked clubs takes place on Saturday from a league that is used to such matchups but including a pair of unlikely suspects as Levante hosts Valencia on ESPN Deportes.

Previewing the Playoffs: Quarterfinal Second Leg Day Two Edition

Stumptown Footy at related • 0 views

After yesterday's convincing win by Sporting Kansas City and nail biting victory on aggragate by Real Salt Lake there can be few still willing to argue that the playoffs do not produce compelling soccer. Today's games promise to be every bit as exciting as both away teams will need a victory to advance to the conference finals.

MLS Conference Semifinals: A Look Ahead

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

 Photo by Brad Smith/ISIphotos.com


By THOMAS FLOYD

The first legs of the conference semifinals over the weekend created four very unenviable hills to climb.

The Los Angeles Galaxy, the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City all head home to protect leads while Real Salt Lake, the only winning team taking to the road, has the comfort of a three-goal cushion.

LA Galaxy Beat Red Bulls 1-0 In Battle

Soccer Tickets Online at related • 0 views

Tempers flared as the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 at Red Bull Arena, in their Western Conference semi-final first leg match.

Mike Magee's early goal off a cross from David Beckham was enough to give the Galaxy the win, and they only need a draw at home on Thursday to progress to the Conference Finals.

SBI staff's MLS playoff predictions

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

Photo by David Bernal/ISIphotos.com

When it comes to MLS playoff predictions, there's one thing that the SBI staff can agree on -- the 2011 MLS Cup winner will come from the Western Conference.

Which team ends up getting the job done is another story.

After sampling six SBI MLS writers, the Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake are the three prime candidates to lift the MLS Cup trophy at the Home Depot Center on Nov.

No Matter What, Playoff Format Still Under Question

WVHooligan at related • 0 views

New York and LA will have to deal with two cross country trips now. (Getty Images)

After last night's 2-0 win over FC Dallas, the New York Red Bulls did what some thought would happen set up a big time, blockbuster clash between them and the Los Angeles Galaxy in the playoffs. For the second time in league history the two big clubs meet when it matters most.

Major League Soccer

MLS ends neutral-site MLS Cup, makes conference finals two-leg

HexagonalBlog at related • 1 view
Since the league's inception, Major League Soccer has been trying to find the right playoff format, right meaning one that gave some meaning to the regular season while creating increased fan interest during the post-season. The latest iteration came yesterday, when the MLS Board of Governors approved four major changes in the league playoff format: Top five teams in each conference, no wild-card slots.

Monday News & Notes: Playoff Exit Hangover Edition

The Viper's Nest at related • 0 views
Red Bulls Fans May Have a Euro 2012 Rooting Interest After AllThe 2011 MLS Cup final participants are now set following yesterday's conference finals, and for the first time in a number of years none of the lowest playoff seeds made it through to the championship. Whether that's the result of a slightly more equitable playoff format that punished poor regular season performance is anyone's guess.

Around The League Extra: Episode 18

CSRN - US Soccer News at related • 0 views

The playoffs are rolling on so Ted and Chris are back to wrap up the Conference Semifinals and get us ready for the Conference Finals this weekend. CSRN MEDIA PLAYER

Major League Soccer playoffs – don't blink, or you'll miss 'em!

DailySoccerFix at related • 2 views

Major League Soccer's playoffs begin today. You know the playoffs, right?

It's that high-anxiety time everyone around MLS points toward for eight months. Really, longer than that if you count the anticipation that builds as early as the annual January draft.

And the playoffs as a concept even serve as a flashpoint for debate; plenty of supporters would rather they be eliminated outright.

New York Red Bulls

This is how real rivalries are made

The Philly Soccer Page at related • 0 views

One game. Everything on the line.

This is the stuff that rivalries are made of.

Philadelphia Union vs. the New York Red Bulls. On national TV. It's so on.

If Philadelphia wins, the Red Bulls go home for a long winter. Their disastrous season is over. The Union win the Eastern Conference and home field advantage if they make it to the conference finals.

New England Revolution vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Know Thy Enemy Sans Soares

The Bent Musket at related • 0 views

The New England Revolution are all set to take on the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday at Gillette Stadium. It will be a battle to see who is more irrelevant in the current MLS conversation; both teams have been officially eliminated from playoff contention and are now playing for naught but pride and job security.

The Rest

Seattle Sounders vs Chicago Fire Scouting Report: That's Not What Rolfing Means

Sounder at Heart at related • 0 views

No team is as reliably almost-but-not-quite great as the Chicago Fire. After their MLS Cup winning expansion season in 1998 they made the playoffs in 10 of the next 11 seasons, but never won it again - a stretch that included 2 finals losses and a grueling 5-year run from 2005 to 2009 of losing in the conference finals 4 times.

Time for NBA to Change Its Playoff Format

Americanize Soccer at related • 1 view
















The NBA playoffs are a couple of weeks away from starting, yet more than a month away from knowing who wins in the first round.

Playoff games every night of the week for weeks can be cool and for many years it worked out well.

Behind the Axe: Catching up on the first batch of postseason updates

Timbers Blog at related • 0 views
Behind the Axe looks at various Timbers news from GM Gavin Wilkinson's love of airports, Owner Merritt Paulson appearing on local sports radio, and an epic mustache growing competition amongst two of the Timbers center backs. We also talk a bit about the MLS playoff picture and the results of the matches up to this weekend's conference finals.

Sporting KC vs. Colorado Rapids: Match Night Commentary

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

Â

The first spot in the MLS Conference Finals will be locked up tonight when Sporting Kansas City takes on the Colorado Rapids at Livestrong Sporting Park tonight (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Sporting KC opened the Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 2-0 victory against the Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, and will now return home where they will be favored to hold off an injury-hit Rapids squad that will play tonight's match without injured starting defenders Drew Moor and Kosuke Kimura.

In Memoriam: The Steve Nicol Era Ends

The Bent Musket at related • 2 views

Yesterday, it was announced Steve Nicol would no longer be the head coach of the New England Revolution. The decision was made after a meeting between the inimitable Scot and the Revolution's investor/operators (read: owners), Jonathan and Robert Kraft, and was described as a "mutual parting of ways.