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A look at the biggest needs for the eliminated MLS playoff teams

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For eight teams, the MLS playoffs ended too soon, at least in their own eyes. Just four teams remain in the postseason chase but, for those that have fallen throughout the knockout and conference semifinal rounds, it is time to reassess.

The knockout rounds saw the Chicago Fire, Atlanta United, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City ejected from the playoffs, while the conference semis claimed NYCFC, the New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

MLS Playoff Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS playoffs are here, and they begin with two matches on Wednesday night.

Action starts in the East as the New York Red Bulls face off with the Chicago Fire (8:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1) . The matchup is a fitting one for Dax McCarty, who collides with his former team in his first playoff match with his new club.

Quakes get in, Timbers top West as MLS playoff field is set

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Decision Day provided plenty of drama and a series of early goals and, when the dust settled, the playoff picture was set.

In the East, we knew Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls were locked into first and sixth, respectively, but everything else was up for grabs. Due to a draw with the Columbus Crew, NYCFC was in danger, but an Atlanta United draw saw Patrick Vieira's side hold on.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 32

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Despite the small schedule during the international break, each MLS match that was played this weekend carried some type of importance.

The New York Red Bulls clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. (READ)

Brent Kallman's late header rescued a home draw for Minnesota United against Sporting KC.

Red Bulls finally back up strong performance with a win

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For the New York Red Bulls, Saturday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps went as many of their recent matches did. They were dominant in possession and shots, and even looked like the better side. They usually succumbed to defensive errors that would see them tie or lose matches. Against Vancouver, though, the Red Bulls eliminated errors and clinched a playoff spot, instead collecting a 3-0 victory, snapping a nine match winless streak and collecting their first clean sheet in four matches.

MLS Week 31: Shutout for the Red Bulls

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MLS went with a short schedule due to the international break, with only six teams in action. The New York Red Bulls shutout Vancouver 3-0 at home. Daniel Royer opened the scoring in the 33rd minute with Bradley Wright-Phillips doubling the lead in the 58th. Felipe finished off the goals in the 72nd minute.

Red Bulls clinch playoff spot with victory over Whitecaps

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The New York Red Bulls will head to the MLS Cup playoffs yet again after a commanding 3-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

The Red Bulls got their scoring started through Daniel Royer after 33 minutes. The play started with Tyler Adams, who was one of two providers on the goal, as he found Sacha Kljestan near the penalty area.

Sacha Kljestan

Inconsistency proves theme of Red Bulls season

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The New York Red Bulls 2017 season could only be defined by inconsistency.

Whether it was the health of crucial players, the results, or offensive supremacy, the Red Bulls longed for a solution to their continued ineptitude in the biggest moments for the club. While that is nothing new for fans, the Red Bulls are victims of their own regular season success in recent years and fan expectations are impossibly high for the perennially suffering team.

Sacha Kljestan holds the key to the Red Bulls' MLS cup dreams

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Sacha Kljestan's legacy with the New York Red Bulls will be forged in the 2017 playoffs.

Despite leading the league in assists over the last two seasons, and becoming the all-time assist leader for the Red Bulls, he has failed to make an impact in the most important moments for the team in his three seasons in New York.

Toronto FC

TFC in precarious position following halftime brawl

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One week ago, Jozy Altidore was in the headlines for off the field incidents with New York Red Bull fans, calling them "classless" following leg 1 of the Eastern Confernce semi-finals. A week later, Altidore is in the headlines again.

During the second leg of the playoff series between the Red Bulls and TFC, Altidore played a part in two incidents, earning a red card during the halftime break.

MLS playoff handbags, DCU Academy alum update & more: Freedom Kicks for 11/6/17

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Was a wild Sunday, so pour a cup and join us.

Hi. Funny thing about one-year-olds, they give negative zero craps about Daylight Savings Time. The MLS held the second legs of its remaining three playoff series yesterday so let's get to them:

Toronto FC 0-1 New York Red Bulls: Reds avoid catastrophe.

Toronto, Columbus to meet in MLS East showdown

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New York (AFP) – Toronto FC advanced to Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference finals despite a 1-0 home loss Sunday to the New York Red Bulls in a playoff matchup marred by a half-time scuffle.

The heated encounter saw Toronto’s Jozy Altidore and New York’s Sacha Kljestan given red cards as tempers boiled over into shoving between the US national team members as players departed the field at half-time.

TFC survives Red Bulls push following Altidore, Kljestan red cards

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Emotional. Frantic. Tactical. Physical.

The second leg of the Eastern Conference semi-final between Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls was everything you could ask for in a knockout match.

In the end, the Red Bulls won the battle, but lost the war with a 1-0 victory at BMO field Sunday afternoon following a 2-1 loss on home turf in the opening leg.

MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls

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The coronation of the MLS king is already set in motion.

Based off Monday's first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal, it's not wrong to pencil Toronto FC into the East final, but the reality is there's still 90 minutes left to play.

The New York Red Bulls haven't been completely cast off, but they'll need to benefit from all sorts of luck.

Sacha Kljestan: Red Bulls must 'figure it out on their own'

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Greg Vanney spoke about Sebastian Giovinco after Toronto FC's road victory over the New York Red Bulls in leg 1 of the Eastern conference semifinals, and his words juxtapose perfectly with something Jesse Marsch said during his postgame press conference.

"He's amazing," Vanney said of his star.

Jozy Altidore hits out at 'classless' chants at Red Bull Arena

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Following the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup qualifying failure, Jozy Altidore knew the boos were coming. However, he was none too pleased with the treatment at Red Bull Arena on Monday night.

Altidore and Toronto FC teammate Michael Bradley were jeered and booed throughout Monday's match, a 2-1 TFC win over the New York Red Bulls in Harrison.

Toronto FC's defensive unit steps up in victory over Red Bulls

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Toronto FC's 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Monday night seemed like usual business in some ways. The Designated Players stood out, with Jozy Altidore having a strong night up front and Sebastian Giovinco grabbing the game winner from a freekick as the team collected yet another victory this year.

Sebastian Giovinco free kick powers TFC over Red Bulls

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Toronto FC came into their playoff match against the New York Red Bulls with a mountain of pressure and expectations. TFC needed big performances from the biggest players, and they got them.

Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Victor Vazquez, and Michael Bradley all outperformed the Red Bulls like-for-like players, and the final 2-1 result was a validation of TFC's historic year.

How to Watch MLS Playoffs: TV and Streaming Listings

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Check out our three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings, and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. New York Red Bulls versus Toronto FC: Toronto FC set the all-time record for points in a single season this year with 69 points over 34 games, but after being the losing team in last year's MLS Cup they know that regular season records only go so far.

MLS Playoff Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC

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The New York Red Bulls thoroughly dispatched of the Chicago Fire to book their spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals. What awaits them will be a different test entirely.

Toronto FC is fresh off a record-setting regular season, one which saw the club seal a league-high 69 points. Now, TFC travels to Red Bull Arena to open their postseason against a Red Bull team that built a bit of momentum in a 4-0 beating of the Fire last week.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 30

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While the Supporters' Shield race wrapped up on Saturday, the playoff race tightened thanks to some results across MLS.

Toronto FC sealed the Supporters' Shield by defeating the New York Red Bulls. (READ)

The Columbus Crew locked up a playoff berth with a win over D.C. United. (READ)

FC Dallas' playoff hopes took a hit with a tie in Orlando.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 30 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 30 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Toronto Clinches The Shield

In a coronation months in the making, Toronto FC won its and Canada’s first Supporters’ Shield on Saturday night at BMO Field with a resounding 4-2 win over the suddenly-reeling New York Red Bulls.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 30 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 30 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Toronto Clinches The Shield

In a coronation months in the making, Toronto FC won its and Canada’s first Supporters’ Shield on Saturday night at BMO Field with a resounding 4-2 win over the suddenly-reeling New York Red Bulls.

D.C. United

D.C. United season review: Steve Birnbaum

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The captain goes under the microscope.

Steve Birnbaum had a pretty good 2016, with United States caps both in World Cup Qualifying action and during the Copa America Centenario, and had European interest from Israel and Germany which was parlayed into a new contract to keep him in Black-and-Red for a few years.

Saying goodbye to the Old Grey Lady and more: Freedom Kicks for 10/23/17

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Hi. Mood:

Hasn't moved in like 10 minutes #DCU pic.twitter.com/GJ3s4A7xId

— Ryan Keefer (@reefa_k) October 22, 2017

Anyway, the last regular occupant of RFK in D.C. United lost 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls. Read recaps from us (along with bonus legends recap!

Veron, Red Bulls top D.C. United in final match at RFK Stadium

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Gonzalo Veron continues to play hero for the New York Red Bulls heading towards the postseason.

The Red Bulls played a less than first choice squad, and it took a long time for the visitors to get going in the match. D.C. United looked good for sending off their home of 22 years in style before the Red Bulls came charging back to win 2-1.

D.C. United celebrate past at last game at RFK Stadium with Legends match

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The game gave United stars of the past one more game at the hallowed old ground

The last game at RFK Stadium is sure to be an emotionally charged event for D.C. United and it's fans, but Sunday started off on the right foot with the Legends game. Featuring stars from all four MLS Cups, two teams filled with former United and Washington Diplomats celebrated the history of soccer at RFK with a 50 minute game, with the Black team beating the Red team 5-4.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS online

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The Black-and-Red are looking to finish 22 seasons at RFK Stadium with one last win

It's not the RFK finale D.C. United would have wanted, but today's game against the New York Red Bulls is still important. It's not going to impact the standings in any truly meaningful way. It's not going to factor into MLS's Decision Day.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls staff and reader predictions

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Oh, it's gonna be good.

Well, here we are. Last call at RFK. What can be said that hasn't been said already? This is the end of an era, and it's more than fitting that it should happen against our most hated rivals, the New York Red Bulls.

D.C. United has had a crappy season. We've had plenty of games at RFK Stadium this year that have been miserable to watch—conceded goal after conceded goal, lackluster performance after lackluster performance, disappointment after disappointment.

Chicago Fire

Major Link Soccer: New York Red Bulls rout Chicago Fire

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Also: Fredy Montero scores in the playoffs, and tattoos!

Seattle

With the playoffs officially under way, a poll was conducted on "Who would you like to see host MLS Cup". So far, Seattle is leading the way.

Love them or hate them, tattoos are a big thing. Take a look at some Seattle Sounders and their tattoos.

Red Bulls crush Fire in playoff opener

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The New York Red Bulls put in a terrific team effort, defeating the Chicago Fire in the opening match of the MLS Cup Playoffs behind Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright Phillips.

The sixth-seeded Red Bulls proved to be too much for the Fire, winning 4-0 over a side that limped into the playoffs with a number of key players injured and recovering from their Decision Day defeat at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.

How to Watch MLS Playoffs Knockout Round, TV and Streaming Listings

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Twelve teams enter, by Thursday night four will be eliminated from the playoffs. Check out our Three (four) Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines (well, four; one for each game!):
  1. Chicago Fire versus New York Red Bulls: One of the defining trades of the offseason was when NYRB traded their captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire for $400,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).

MLS Playoff Preview: Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls

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Two of the Eastern Conference's more inconsistent sides, the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls, meet up in the first matchup of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Fire are the third seed in the competitive East, slipping from a top spot they held after an 11-game unbeaten run in the middle of the summer.

Dax McCarty looms large as Red Bulls prepare to face Fire in playoff opener

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While the New York Red Bulls have multiple connections to the Chicago Fire, the name Dax McCarty will resonate when the two sides meet in the knock-out stage of the Major League Soccer playoffs on Wednesday night.

"I thought about Chicago and knew there would be a lot of talk about Dax," said Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch.

The Rest

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After reflecting on 2017, Jesse Marsch looks to continue evolving as a coach

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Jesse Marsch is working on a project, one that has well publicized in his three years with the New York Red Bulls. It requires a focus on youth development, taking talented but inexperienced players moving from being prospects to becoming important to the core of the senior team. However, players, like Tyler Adams and Aaron Long, are not the only ones in the midst of developing their skills.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/25/17

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Union attendance figures, MLS Playoffs begin, and plenty of European results in today's links.

Philadelphia Union News

While MLS attendance increases, the Union fall further behind
Major League Soccer's attendance figures for 2017 show promise for most but decline for Philadelphia.

Red Bulls, Atlanta United waste opportunity in draw

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The New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United FC each proved to be in playoff form in a potential wild card preview Sunday night.

Despite the scoreless draw, both teams showed a clear plan of attack and a relentless attack that has each side looking like a strong playoff opponent for any team in the Eastern conference.

Philadelphia Union U17s make it two in a row to start GA Cup run

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The Union U17s edged New England Revolution 2-0 on Saturday afternoon to make it two wins out of two in regional play

Day two of the first leg of the east regional for the Generation adidas Cup produced another result for the Philadelphia Union U17s as they made it two wins out of two with a 2-0 win over New England Revolution on Saturday.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/2/17

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Enjoy today's links.

Philadelphia Union News

Union beat Sounders, postpone mathematical elimination
Sunday's win keeps the Union's microscopically thin playoff hopes alive until next weekend.

Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber on U.S. roster for Panama, Trinidad World Cup qualifiers
They are among 26 players summoned by head coach Bruce Arena for the do-or-die games.