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Moving on to the second-legs in the MLS Conference semifinals

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - The challenge for the Columbus Crew at home in the first-leg of the Eastern Conference final against top-seeded Toronto FC was obvious. The suspensions of Toronto's Jozy Altidore (red card) and Seb Giovinco (yellow card accumulation) sent a clear message to Columbus.

Draw in the East, Seattle takes the lead in the West

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The Eastern Conference finals opened with a 0-0 draw between the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC at MAPFRE Stadium. It was Columbus pressing the offense at home, taking 14 shots to Toronto's seven and putting three of them on frame to Toronto's none. The scoreless draw sets things up for Toronto in their home leg on November 29 with the return of Jozy Altidore and Seb Giovinco.

Seattle on brink of MLS final as Houston crash

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Defending champions Seattle Sounders put one foot in the final of the MLS Cup on Tuesday after outclassing Houston Dynamo 2-0 in the first leg of their Western Conference Championship game.

First half goals from Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin sealed a clinical win for the Sounders as Houston’s raucous home crowd was silenced.

Seattle on brink of MLS final as Houston crash

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Defending champions Seattle Sounders put one foot in the final of the MLS Cup on Tuesday after outclassing Houston Dynamo 2-0 in the first leg of their Western Conference Championship game.

First half goals from Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin sealed a clinical win for the Sounders as Houston’s raucous home crowd was silenced.

Sounders toman control en Houston

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Fue una constante en esta temporada y la anterior. Los Sounders de Seattle casi nunca ganan fuera de casa. Este año solo lo lograron dos veces en 17 partidos. Un pobre récord de cara al primer encuentro contra el Houston Dynamo de visita en la Final de Conferencia Oeste de la MLS. En el BBVA ... Seguir leyendo Sounders toman control en Houston →

Sounders at Houston Dynamo Western Conference Finals leg one, recap: Early domination leads to cruise control

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Seattle scored first and didn't look back in the 2-nil win.

The Seattle Sounders did not sit back and accept Houston Dynamo pressure. Instead they possessed and pressured, setting a strong tone - playing more like Brian Schmetzer does at home. On their second corner of the match Gustav Svensson opened the scoring (11', assisted by Nicolas Lodeiro).

2017 MLS Playoffs, Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders Final Score: Sounders Dominate Leg 1 of Western Conference Championship

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Dynamo fall at home to the Sounders in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship.

Things didn't exactly go as planned at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday night in front of a record breaking sellout crowd as the Houston Dynamo hosted leg 1 of the Western Conference Championship against the Seattle Sounders.

Sounders pick up dominant away win over 10-man Dynamo

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The Seattle Sounders took a major step towards returning to the MLS Cup final with a near-flawless performance in Houston.

Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin provided a pair of away goals for the visiting Sounders, who topped the 10-man Houston Dynamo, 2-0, at BBVAA Compass Stadium on Tuesday night.

MLS Playoff Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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After an extended break, the MLS playoffs return on Tuesday with the start of the conference finals.

Tuesday night's festivities begin in Columbus as Toronto FC visits the Columbus Crew for the first leg of the Eastern Conference final (8 p.m., ESPN). The Supporters' Shield winners enter Tuesday's match shorthanded with both Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco out of action due to suspension, while the Crew possess a full complement of players after holding off NYCFC in the conference semifinal round.

MLS Playoff Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders

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The Houston Dynamo stunned the Portland Timbers at Providence Park in the Western Conference semifinals, sealing a major upset of a team considered to be among the league's favorites.

Their reward? A clash with the reigning MLS Cup champions, a team that's beginning to find its stride at the right time.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/21/17

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Blake tops player index, conference finals preview, and no new USMNT coach until 2018?

Philadelphia Union News

Andre Blake earns top Audi Player Index Goalkeeper spot
With an Audi Player Index score of 485, Andre Blake was the top-rated keeper in the 2017 MLS season.

Soccer TV: Columbus Crew vs Toronto and Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders

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It's the conference semifinal first-legs from the MLS playoffs on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. In the East, Columbus hosts Toronto and Houston plays Seattle in the West. Also on the soccer TV schedule, the Champions League returns.

Columbus Crew vs Toronto FC at 8pm on ESPN in the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals.

Three things for the 2017 MLS conference finals

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – The MLS playoffs version of the Final Four finally kicks off Tuesday. We're used to the upset story in the MLS playoffs, a competition where the tag of "favorite" seldom counts for much. From the Houston Dynamo knocking out the Portland Timbers and the Columbus Crew getting past NYCFC, 2017 is showing once again that anything can happen.

Scouting Report: Resisting the Houston Dynamo’s charges

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The league's best home side will look to put a shock to Seattle's cup defense.

What You'll Watch

For our past Scouting Reports on Houston this season, go here and here.

The Seattle Sounders are in the Western Conference Finals for the second straight year and for the fourth time in their history.

Preview: The 2017 MLS Eastern and Western Conference finals

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - The 2017 MLS playoffs lurch back into action on Tuesday. Columbus hosts Toronto and the Seattle Sounders visit Houston in the first-legs of the two conference finals. It will be 16 days since the last playoff game.

Nos Audietis, Episode 265: Bring on the Dynamo

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Sounders are in Western Conference finals for the third time in four years.

The Seattle Sounders are back in the Western Conference finals. That's two years in a row they've made it this far, three times in the past four -- with the lone exception seeing them knocked out in penalties -- and four times in the past six.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/14/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Bethlehem Steel FC's 2017 Success Tied to Brendan Burke's Growth as a Coach
Competing in the United Soccer League, one of the most prominent Division II professional soccer leagues in the world, affords the opportunity for clubs to learn and compete at a high level.

Major League Soccer

MLS Announces Expansion Draft Date: Who Should the Dynamo Protect?

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Who Should the Houston Dynamo protect from expansion side LAFC in the upcoming Expansion Draft?

Major League Soccer announced today the date of the Expansion Draft for MLS newcomer Los Angeles FC. The draft will take place at 1 PM CT December 12th. LAFC will be the 23rd team in the league and will have its choice of five players from any of the 22 other clubs with some caveats.

DaMarcus Beasley wins 2017 MLS Fair Play Award

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Houston Dynamo and USMNT defender DaMarcus Beasley won the 2017 MLS Fair Play Award, the league announced on Tuesday. Beasley made it through the 2017 season with the league's lowest fouls per game mark at .54 over 1.985 minutes played. Over 24 games, Beasley never saw a card. Those stats go along with sportsmanship to determine a winner, with Beasley getting the nod over the San Jose Earthquakes Jahmir Hyka and the LA Galaxy's Dave Romney.

"Everything to gain" mentality helps Dynamo move into West final

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The Houston Dynamo appeared to have their backs against the wall entering Sunday night

Wilmer Cabrera's side won once on its travels in the regular season and was entering the cauldron that is Portland's Providence Park.

But even with the cards stacked against them, the Dynamo didn't feel a ton of pressure heading into the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal.

Dynamo keeper Tyler Deric suspended by MLS following arrest

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With the heat of the Major League Soccer playoffs taking place, teams will look to avoid any drama or trouble that could get in the way of their goals.

The Houston Dynamo now has a problem on their hands, following the suspension of keeper Tyler Deric on Wednesday evening. The 29-year-old was arrested by the Houston Police Department on Oct.

Dynamo goalie banned four days before MLS playoff match

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New York (AFP) – Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric was suspended indefinitely by Major League Soccer on Wednesday, a day after being arrested on misdemeanor assault charges in connection with an alleged domestic incident.

Deric made two saves for host Houston on Monday in a goal-less draw against Portland in the first leg of their Western Conference semi-final series, which concludes Sunday in Portland.

Portland Timbers

Six Degrees: A Sad Ending to a Wonderful Year

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Houston Dynamo 2, Portland Timbers 1

I didn't want to be writing my end-of-year recap today. I knew I'd have to write one eventually, but was hoping to hold off a few more weeks. But here we are, so let's wipe away the tears and get to it.

1) Since the game ended Sunday, there's been a lot of talk about Portland's injuries, both in this game and over the course of the season.

Dynamo stun Timbers in Portland to advance to Western Conference final

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The Houston Dynamo are one of the more unlikely stories in MLS, and that story will extend through at least the Western Conference finals.

After a 0-0 draw in the opening leg of the Western Conference semis, the Dynamo battled to a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. The win sealed advancement for Wilmer Cabrera's side, who now face the Seattle Sounders in the conference final.

Portland Timbers Undone by Injuries Again in 2-1 Loss to Houston Dynamo

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The Portland Timbers playoffs are over after falling 2-1 to the Houston Dynamo. Injuries, lapses in concentration, and a tenacious visiting side were the Timbers' downfall in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Back at Providence Park, the Timbers came out of the gate looking to control the match, getting on the ball and holding possession.

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo in the Playoffs: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [4:30]

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For the Portland Timbers, this afternoon's match against the Houston Dynamo is win and in for the Western Conference Finals. After finishing leg one in Houston with a 0-0 draw and a long list of injuries, the Timbers return to Providence Park today knowing that any win puts them through, but any scoring draw or loss ends this year's playoff run.

Playoff Edition: Pick the Houston Dynamo Starting Lineup against the Portland Timbers, Part 2

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Who do you want to start in Leg 2 of the playoffs against the Portland Timbers?

This past week we saw the Houston Dynamo draw the Portland Timbers 0-0 in the first leg of the Conference Semifinals of the 2017 MLS Playoffs. While the Dynamo dropped an opportunity at home to get some goals up on the Timbers, they also prevented the visiting side from collecting any away goals which could prove influential in their next fixture.

Storylines: Portland Timbers vs Houston Dynamo

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Time for round two!

The Story So Far

35 down, 4 to go.

The Timbers and Dynamo played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals. It was a cagey affair, to be sure, and now it's time for the second leg where it's all on the line.

This brings us back to the fortress that is Providence Park and it's less than hospitable for those who dare battle the Timbers on their home pitch.

MLS Playoff Preview: Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo

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To say the first leg between the Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo lacked inspiration is being nice.

The scoreless draw on the rough field at BBVA Compass Stadium did little to separate the two sides and create excitement for Sunday's second leg at Providence Park.

With more on the line on Sunday, hopefully we'll see more than four shots on target as two teams with very good attacks collide with a spot in the Western Conference final on the line.

Playoff Edition Player Ratings: Houston Dynamo vs. the Portland Timbers Leg 1

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See how the Dynamo players performed in Leg 1 of the Conference Semifinals against the Portland Timbers

It's pretty impossible to start any Houston sports article today without first congradulating the Houston Astros on an incredible World Series win over the LA Dodgers. That series was a roller coaster, but the Astros brought the franchise's first World Series trophy to the city of Houston so again, congrats for the amazing ride and we're hoping to see the Astros in many more World Series games.

Houston Dynamo 0, Portland Timbers 0: Rate the Players and Quick Thoughts

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How did the Dynamo players perform in their 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers in the playoffs?

At the beginning of the year I introduced a new way for the Dynamo Theory community to be a part of Player Ratings. After matches everyone will get a chance to submit how each player did on a scale of 1 to 10 which will be averaged out in a later article usually on Tuesday mornings depending when the game takes place.

Around The Forest: Crew demolish NYCFC in first leg

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Kenny Cooper on trial at Orlando City, Bobby Wood in a negative spiral, Cristian Roldan loses bet and more!

Portland

Timbers rely on depth in draw, confident in heading home to Providence Park: "I just can't wait until Sunday" | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers held strong to get a 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo in the first leg of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals Monday night.

The Rest

Breaking down D.C. United’s midfield problems, plus Western Conference Finals: Filibuster podcast

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Technology is not our friend

There was so much about D.C. United's season to break down last week that we moved some of it to this week. After Jason, Adam, and Ben talked about the central defense and defensive midfield last week, we we start by talking about the rest of central midfield this week.

Monday’s reminder that the Sounders are in Western Conference Finals again

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Leg one isn't until November 21. We won't let you forget about the playoffs.

Making the Western Conference Finals is a signal for a pretty good year. The Seattle Soundersfinished 2nd in the regular season and are now assured of at least a top two finish in the West's playoffs.

Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo, Western Conference Finals: Streaming, news, highlights, analysis

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For the Seattle Sounders to defend their MLS Cup they must beat the first team to eject them from the MLS Cup Playoffs. In 2009 it was the Houston Dynamo who were the mighty powers, recently with two MLS Cups and favored. It took until extra time in the second leg for the Dynamo to beat the upstart Sounders.

Sounders will face Houston Dynamo in Western Conference finals

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First leg will be Nov. 21 in Houston, home leg is Nov. 30.

The Seattle Sounders will face the Dynamo after the Timbers could not get it done at home. Dylan Remick's goal secured Houston advancing but it was Mauro Manotas that finished the Timbers off. The Colombian scored four minutes after subbing for Erick "Cubo" Torres.

RGVFC Post Season Player Evaluation: Goalkeepers

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To begin the year end player evaluations, we look at the Toros goalkeepers.

Unlike the Houston Dynamo, RGVFC's season has been over for a couple weeks now. Last edition, I was able to bring you an incredibly in depth breakdown of the season from head coach Junior Gonzalez. Today, to all the people who have been asking me about it, we begin the 2017 RGVFC Toros player breakdowns from yours truly.