MLS Cup Playoffs

Seattle Sounders

Seahawks schedule means no football lines, at least until the Playoffs

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Sharing CenturyLink Field is good (lots of space for fans, branding, downtown location), but sometimes it leads to NFL lines. In 2017 that shouldn't be too much of a problem until the postseason.

Since 2009, the Seattle Sounders have only played with NFL lines on three occasions. In 2017 they will only add to that total of the Sounders make the MLS Cup Playoffs.

LOS MOMENTOS QUE MARCARON EL CAMINO A LA FINAL DE LA COPA MLS

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Hablar sobre los Sounders FC en el mes de diciembre fue, hasta el año pasado, un justo ritual de resignación por otra temporada fallida y de esperanza por una nueva temporada. Hoy en la noche, casi a mitad de diciembre, bajo un intenso frío en el BMO Field de Toronto, la Furia Verde estará jugando su primer final de Copa MLS frente al equipo de .

¡A TORONTO POR LA COPA!

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• Montreal cede la ventaja del partido de ida en tiempo extra y Toronto FC gana la Conferencia Este • Final inédita de Copa MLS • Será la segunda final en el BMO Field de Toronto • Toronto FC será anfitrión por terminar con mejor récord que los Sounders en la temporada regular La fanaticada Sounders se soñaba su primera final de la Copa MLS .

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids in MLS Cup Playoffs: TV channel, how to watch live online

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The Seattle Sounders will face the Colorado Rapids in the first game of the two-leg MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship series on Tuesday, November 22 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

Major League Soccer

The Americanization of MLS Continues

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When it can, MLS is showing the world that it will do as it pleases for its own league, regardless of FIFA suggested protocol. In the few areas that FIFA does not control about leagues, MLS is blazing an independent path from the status quo of the other major world soccer leagues.

For example, there are other leagues in the world with playoffs after the regular season; Liga MX from Mexico is a prominent country/league to use them.

5 things from the 2016 MLS season

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With one game remaining in the 2016 MLS season, a look back at the key moments and what might influence 2017.

The next biggest goal in Toronto FC history

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Toronto FC didn't have a lot of candidates for biggest goals in club history prior to Wednesday night when they got a clear winner... for now.

MLS breaks 5-year attendance record for playoffs and Conference games

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Major League Soccer has set a 5-year attendance record for their playoff games and Conference semi-finals and finals, increasing attendances by 19% compared to last season from the wildcard games through to the Conference Finals.

The top flight US/Canadian league benefitted from well-supported teams such as Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders being featured in the latter stages of the MLS playoffs and Conference games.

Toronto advances to play Seattle for the 2016 MLS Cup

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Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact needed extra time to decide who will represent the Eastern Conference in the 2016 MLS Cup.

Colorado Rapids 0 – Seattle Sounders 1

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The Seattle Sounders won the 2nd-leg of their Western Conference semifinals series 1-0 on Sunday, knocking out the Rapids 3-1 in aggregate.

Mastroeni confident of Rapids mentality ahead of Sunday decider vs. Sounders

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The Colorado Rapids may have lost the first leg of the Western Conference Final, but their form at home this season, coupled with a crucial away goal, gives the club a very good shot at reaching the 2016 MLS Cup final.

"It's not so much about how we're going to stop them [in the second leg], but more importantly how are we going to ignite our attack to put them on their heels,"said Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni.

West and East, four MLS teams look for validation

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All four teams left in the 2016 MLS postseason need the validation that winning the MLS Cup will bring for their clubs and their cities.

Playing for 180 minutes in the MLS conference finals

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An in-depth look at what happened over the opening 90 minutes in the MLS Eastern and Western Conference finals.

Montreal and Seattle take final leads

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The Montreal Impact take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and the Seattle Sounders are up 2-1 over Colorado in the Western Conference.

Impact-Toronto FC delayed because of incorrect line measurements

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Players were warmed up and ready, 60,000-plus fans were pumped, and kickoff was moments away.

Or so it seemed.

The first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, was delayed by more than 40 minutes on Tuesday night after match officials realized that the lines on one of the 18-yard boxes were incorrectly measured.

MLS Conference Finals: SBI Live Commentary

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The MLS Playoffs resume on Tuesday night with the first leg of the conference finals.

Action begins in Montreal for the start of the Eastern Conference clash between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC (8 p.m., ESPN). The two sides collide at a sold-out Olympic Stadium, promising a raucous atmosphere as the two teams battle for the chance to be the first Canadian team to play in MLS Cup.

MLS Playoff Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids

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Regardless of the team, the MLS Western Conference Champion will have overcome extreme difficulty in the past year to earn their title.

The Seattle Sounders are always expected to compete for MLS Cup, but the loss of Obafemi Martins, among other things, at the start of the 2016 season started a downward spiral for Sigi Schmid's team.

Toronto, Montreal, and the near future of Canadian soccer

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It's an all-Canadian match-up in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but is what's good for MLS also what's good for Canada's soccer.

Red Bulls have mixed reactions to Ignacio Piatti's pointed comments

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Ignacio Piatti walked the walk before talking the talk in the last round of the playoffs, but do not expect him to get much love from some of the members of the club he eliminated about a week-and-a-half ago.

TheNew York Red Bulls were surprisingly knocked out of the postseason by Piatti and the Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by a 3-1 aggregate score, and whatgrabbed plenty of attention aside from the result were the Argentine's pointed postgame comments about Jesse Marsch's side.

Major Link Soccer: Usain Bolt to train with Borussia Dortmund

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The Olympic legend has his eyes set on another ambitious goal: professional soccer.

MLS:

Both the Sounders and Toronto FC are primed to end their MLS Cup drought during these MLS playoffs, if they can overcome their painful playoff histories.

Via an ESPN FC report, Bastian Schweinsteiger is in talks to join the Chicago Fire.

Sporting Still Chasing Rossi, but Other MLS Teams are Interested

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Things have been fairly quiet on the Sporting KC front since their season ended on the road in Seattle. The team has basically turned their focus towards 2017, but there's been very little news on where they are with Benny Feilhaber (although there's been no news about him going elsewhere either) or with adding new players (although that's really not going to come until the MLS Cup playoffs end).

Three out of four lower seeds advance in MLS playoffs

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Only the Colorado Rapids survived as the higher seed in the 2016 MLS conference semifinals, with both New York teams knocked out in the East.

Piatti brace pushes Impact past Red Bulls, into Eastern Conference final

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The Montreal Impact had never managed to defeat the New York Red Bulls in Harrison prior to Sunday, but the Canadian club buckedthat trend at the most opportune time to its place in the final four.

The Impact captured a historic 2-1 win against the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena, giving Mauro Biello's team a 3-1 aggregate win to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in the club's history.

Montreal Impact

MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

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When the final three whistles are blown after Wednesday night's Eastern Conference Final in Toronto, one way or another, history will be made. Either Toronto FC or the Montreal Impact will make their MLS Cup Final debut, while also becoming the first Canadian club to play in the league final.

Soccer TV: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

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Toronto FC hosts the Montreal Impact down a goal in the Eastern Conference finals and the League Cup and Copa del Rey continue on beIN Sport.

MLS Cup Playoffs Match Thread: Western Conference Finals Second Leg

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There have been some blowouts in this year's MLS Cup playoffs, but coming into the final set of matches before the Final both conference finals are tight as can be. Both high seeds come into today's matches down a goal, but with away goals in hand a breakthrough will put them in good position to advance.

#BruceisBack and the USMNT moves on

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Bruce Arena looks forward with the USMNT and plenty of responses to his introductory press conference in the soccer news.

Impact hold on to win thrilling first leg over Toronto FC

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While the Montreal Impact got the result they hoped for at home in leg one, they didn't make it easy on themselves.

After leaping out to a 3-0 lead, the Impact conceded a pair of away goals late in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC. The pair of late goals keep TFC alive heading into the second leg at BMO Field.

MLS Playoffs 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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Follow along as the Montreal Impact hosts Toronto FC, followed by the Seattle Sounders taking on the Colorado Rapids

After what seems like ages, the MLS playoffs are back tonight. The first leg of both conference finals will take place on...Tuesday? Wait, what? Odd wrinkles of scheduling having to do with stadium availability and national TV demands have left us with crucial playoff games coming on a strange night.

Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC in MLS Cup Playoffs: TV Channel, how to watch live online

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The Montreal Impact will face Toronto FC in the first game of the two-leg MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship series on Tuesday, November 22 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada.

News Update

Plan B in MLS

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The Colorado Rapids became the latest team in the 2016 MLS playoffs to look out of ideas when their plan didn't work.

Real Salt Lake sticks with Cassar

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Real Salt Lake keeps its coach and video of a 1980 win for the USMNT in Thursday's soccer news update.

5 points in the Premier League

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Swansea City and Sunderland are at the bottom of the Premier League, but does that already mean a relegation battle in the soccer news.

MLS in New York

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It's a tough way to end the MLS season for the New York Red Bulls and NYCFC, bounced out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

soccer tv

Soccer TV: Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders

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The Western Conference final series concludes in MLS, the Premier League on NBC, and the Liga MX playoffs are on the weekend soccer TV schedule.

Soccer TV: Champions League and MLS playoffs

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It's the Champions League in the afternoon and the MLS playoffs that night on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule.

The Rest

2016 Player Profile #3: Stefan Frei

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The MLS Cup was his seventh major trophy. He was also the MVP of the game.

Stefan Frei's 2016 and MLS Cup performaces entered him into the United States goalkeeper picture. His citizenship is nearly finished and then he will make the switch. Now entering his fourth season with the Seattle Sounders, the 30-year-old is approaching the peak age period for high-end keepers.

It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: Xenophobia, Thanksgiving, and watching paint dry

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Kevin and Dave discuss the MLS playoffs and the hiring of Bruce Arena to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach of the USMNT.

Sounders must embrace new roles as leading men

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This is no longer a plucky underdog story.

Shortly after the Seattle Sounders beat Real Salt Lake to clinch their spot in the MLS Cup playoffs, a team official pulled me aside. He was beaming. With a smile stretching from ear-to-ear his message was simple: "We're playing with house money, now.

Monday Freedom Kicks: These Little Town Bleus

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Looking back at the weekend in MLS playoffs, partner club nastiness and hey, guess who's back?

Hi. Sorry for being generally being away the last couple of weeks but like Donald said, I had an excuse:

It's been a crazy couple of days pic.