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 .
• 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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.