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Major Link Soccer: Playoff Implications Edition

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In the biggest match of the weekend for everyone outside of Cascadia, Real Madrid and Barcelona battled to a 2-2 draw. In what increasingly feels like a grudge match between superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, each player scored a brace for their respective clubs. With the draw, Madrid trail the scorching pace Barcelona has set early in the La Liga season as Barcelona sit eights points up on the Madrid side after seven matches.

Timbers Tid Bits: Zizzo's FC Edition

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So we reported on this briefly when first announced, but I thought it was worth revisiting as it's probably one of the coolest things an MLS player has ever done with regards to their respective teams' city. I mean, no matter what happens to Sal Zizzo at this point he's pretty much setting himself up to be a Portlander for life.

Major League Soccer

MLS Match Day: Your Running Commentary

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In a game with massive playoff implications, the New York Red Bulls will host the Chicago Fire today in a nationally-televised match.

With the two teams tied for second place in the Eastern Conference, a playoff preview could be in store at Red Bull Arena this afternoon. One of the clubs could clinch a postseason berth today, as the winner of the match can seal its spot based on results in other games around MLS later on.

Three For Three: MLSR Predictions

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The FIFA International dates make for slim pickins as far as Major League Soccer is concerned, with only four matches taking place this weekend. While these matches may lack the "grandeur" of the last few weeks (one has no playoff implications whatsoever), it gives us an opportunity to focus on some struggling clubs we've overlooked to this point in the season.

MLS Match Night: Your Running Commentary

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Three matches unfold across Major League Soccer tonight, each with its own playoff implications as the regular season's stretch run continues.

In the Eastern Conference, a matchup between two teams currently occupying playoff spots sees the Chicago Fire host the Houston Dynamo with just one point separating the two teams.

MLS Week 26: A Look Ahead

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At the moment, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps stand on somewhat uncertain ground in the Western Conference playoff hunt. But a win Saturday could go a long way toward easing the pressure.

With the home stretch approaching, the Galaxy and Whitecaps will face off in a crucial clash this weekend at the Home Depot Center.

Labor Day Weekend Lookout!

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Even though the Chicago Fire will not be taking the field until Sunday when they host the Houston Dynamo, it does not mean there are no MLS matches worth watching on Saturday. Matter of fact, there are three big matches with playoff implications taking place. The MLS has been catching some flack for the new unbalanced schedule this year, but this final third of the schedule is giving us some very intriguing matches to watch each week.

MLS Week 24: A Look Ahead

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As if the pressure of the Cascadia Cup rivalry between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps wasn't enough, this weekend's bout featuring the Pacific Northwest rivals also carries notable Western Conference playoff implications.

With a crowd of about 60,000 expected to fill CenturyLink Field, the Sounders will host the Whitecaps in a match contested between two of the teams locked in a three-way tie for third in the conference.

Decoding the MLS Playoff Push & That Tiebreaker Thing

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Will Chivas shake off the Galaxy drubbing and muscle their way to the playoffs?

Steve Fenn with his second piece for The Shin Guardian

Sunday's Superclasico between Chivas USA and LA Galaxy was one of the few matches we have left in this MLS season with major playoff implications.

2012 MLS, Week 21: Predictions

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It should be a nice weekend for MLS. (Getty Images)

Moving into another weekend of soccer. Week 21 has a couple decent looking games including one tonight in Salt Lake City. It is all conference battles here this weekend as we head more into that portion of the league schedule. Games will be even more intense since they nearly all have playoff implications on them.

Major League Soccer – Match Previews – 21 July 2012

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It's another busy Saturday in Major League Soccer with seven intra-conference matches that will have playoff implications. Some of the feature matches include the Los Angeles Galaxy v Chivas USA and Sporting Kansas City hosting New England.

New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union, 2:30 PM

The Red Bulls have been inconsistent at time and will be facing a Union side that has won their last three matches.

Mid-Week Recap Week 32

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The first of the mid-week matches from week 32 recapped here by Pedro Gomes. This first match between Portland and DC held playoff implications for both.

DC United 1, Portland Timbers 1
The Portland Timbers traveled to RFK stadium to face the DC United in what felt like a must-win match for both sides, however technically Portland could have kept play-off hopes alive with only a draw.

MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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The MLS playoff race sure is heating up.

With just a handful of matches remaining, nine teams are still competing for six available postseason berths. AÂ slate of influential weekend fixtures kicks off Friday with a critical clash in the wild-card race between the Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers.

MLS 2011 Week 31: Midweek Picks

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Chicago faces Dallas in a must-win game tonight. (Getty Images)

It is coming down to the nitty-gritty in Major League Soccer. Week 31 kicks off tonight with two matches that have a lot on the line in terms of playoff implications. One is a rivalry game while the other could go a long way in determining possibly the number 2 pick in January's SuperDraft or whether or not DC United gets into the playoffs this season.

MLS Week 30: What To Watch For & Picks

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RSL hopes to get back on track in Vancouver tonight. (Getty Images)

It is an international break weekend in the soccer world but unfortunately for some hoping to have a break we do have three Major League Soccer games to discuss in Week 30. As I posted earlier, two of the three games have playoff implications while the other game is more about playing for 2012.

MLS Midweek Picks: Week 29

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Columbus hopes to hold off Sporting Kansas City tonight. (Getty Images)

There are three midweek games in week 29. All three games have playoff implications with two key in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.With so much on the line this week, the standings are surely set to make another crazy change.

MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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While the Texas derby between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo is an intense affair in its own right, the playoff implications surrounding Saturday's showdown have added a little more spice to the rivalry.

MLS Wednesday Quick Picks: Three Big Games

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RSL and New York battle in a huge match tonight. (Getty Images)

Only a few weeks remain in the 2011 regular season. The squeaky-bum time is now for several MLS teams as the playoffs are near. All three of tonight's games have playoff implications surrounding them in some form or fashion. One team can even clinch a playoff berth (as long as a few other things happen).

2011 MLS Playoff race is on!

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With just over a month of the MLS regular season remaining the LA Galaxy are the only team to have secured a playoff spot. Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake are looking to wrap up their playoff spots this weekend.

58 LA Galaxy *
51 Seattle Sounders FC
48 Real Salt Lake
46 FC Dallas
41 Colorado Rapids
41 Columbus Crew
40 Sporting Kansas City
39 Philadelphia Union
39 Houston Dynamo
36 New York Red Bulls

36 Portland Timbers
34 D.

Updated Major League Soccer Playoff Picture

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The Major League Soccer playoff picture is slowly coming into focus as we head towards the stretch run. The race for the final wild card spots will be a good one with the Red Bulls and upstart Portland Timbers on the heels of DC United, Houston, and to some extent the defending champion Colorado Rapids.

MLS Week 26 Picks

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RSL needs three points tomorrow in Seattle. (Getty Images)

The lovely Labor Day weekend is over for the 18 MLS clubs. All of them are in action this weekend, with eight games being played tomorrow. It is a full weekend of soccer indeed.

Naturally most of the games this weekend have huge playoff implications surrounding them.

MLS Week 26: A Look Ahead

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After a Labor Day weekend dominated by international fixtures and a schedule watered down by Hurricane Irene the week before, MLS is finally back in full swing this weekend with a packed slate of matches.

New York Red Bulls

Match Day: Dynamo Vs. New England Revolution

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The Houston Dynamo face off against the New England Revolution in a game with major playoff implications. Houston has a very light grasp on the final playoff spot and will need all the points they can get to keep Columbus at bay.

With each approaching game during a close playoff race, a team has a chance to define themselves and capture that memorable moment - for better or worse - of their season.

Three For Three: MLSR Predictions

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Another week, another round of crucial matches with playoff implications! Sporting travel to New York in a clash for top of the East, but if they aren't careful Chicago may just take the top spot themselves! The Fire won't have it easy, as the Columbus Crew come to town looking for a way back into the playoff race.

MLS/CCL Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls have played many intese games over the years, but it has been a while since a meeting this late in the season between the two rivals has had playoff implications for both sides.

The latest edition of the Atlantic Cup will be decided at RFK Stadium Wednesday night in the rubber match of the season series between two teams looking to gain a stronger foothold in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

The Playoff Hunt: Week 13

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It's mid-June and the New England Revolution are in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. Let that sink in. It's been a little while since we've had the pleasure, and excitement of a Revolution playoff hunt, and I for one cannot contain my excitement.

Each week heading into the match we're going to keep you up to date on the playoff implications it carries, as well as the impact on the rest of the league.

What We Want to Happen Today 10/20

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Portland and DC tied last night, ending DC United's playoff hopes before KC comes to town this weekend. That could possibly make them even more dangerous as a team that can play without pressure (think of KC vs San Jose to close out last season). But tonight there is another game with playoff implications for KC as New York and Philadelphia play in New York.

What We Want to Happen Today 10/19

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One game today, no real playoff implications directly for KC, but could have an effect come Saturday when KC take the field.

DC - Portland

What we want to happen: Portland win

Anything less than a win for DC eliminates them from the playoffs before the Red Bulls even take the field on Thursday.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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One of the oldest and fiercest rivals in European soccer resumes today as Manchester United travels down the M6 to take on Liverpool (7:45am, ESPN2) in the latest installment of the North West Derby.

Manchester United is currently in first place in the English Premier League, tied with Manchester City, while Liverpool will try to crack the Top Four with a win.

Selling Tickets in MLS

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The playoffs are looming and the last few regular season games are here. It has been a while since we looked at promotional efforts around the league, so we thought the stretch drive presented a good opportunity to look at ticket sales efforts for the end of the season and start of post season. We'll start in Chicago where the Fire are running a "pink" themed promotion as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

2011 MLS Playoff race is on!

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With just over a month of the MLS regular season remaining the LA Galaxy are the only team to have secured a playoff spot. Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake are looking to wrap up their playoff spots this weekend. 58 LA Galaxy * 51 Seattle Sounders FC 48 Real Salt Lake 46 FC Dallas 41 Colorado Rapids 41 Columbus Crew 40 Sporting Kansas City 39 Philadelphia Union 39 Houston Dynamo 36 New York Red Bulls ————————————— 36 Portland Timbers 34 D.

North American Soccer League

Playoff Implications; A Statistical Look at the Proposed NASL Format Changes

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Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Jesse Erdmann's blogScreaming at Pigeons. Jesse is a long time friend and technical consultant to IMSoccer anddu Nord futbol. He is also a board member for theDark Clouds, supporters ofpro soccer in Minnesota. After reading this post it will become clear that Jesse loves soccer and loves numbers [.

2011 Playoffs Set for NASL

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The North American Soccer League concluded the inaugural regular season on Saturday evening with 3 interesting match-ups that all had playoff implications. FC Tampa Bay defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers giving FC Tampa Bay 3rd place in the standings. The loss for the Strikers dropped them to 4th place but each team will get home [.

Seattle Sounders

Sounders trounce Galaxy at CenturyLink Field

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SEATTLE, Wash. - In case anyone was wondering, the Seattle Sounders are back.

In a nationally-televised marquee matchup plump with playoff implications, the Sounders struck early, poured on the goals in the second half, and trounced the LA Galaxy, 4-0, at CenturyLink Field.

Beckham rejoins Galaxy, will miss Chivas match for Olympic closing ceremonies

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The first part of David Beckham's Olympic adventure is complete, and he has returned to the Los Angeles Galaxy in time to face his former club yet again.

Beckham rejoined Galaxy training Wednesday and will be available for selection when the defending MLS Cup champions take on Cristiano Ronaldo and La Liga winners Real Madrid at the Home Depot Center as part of the World Football Challenge Thursday night (10:30 p.

D.C. United

What We Want to Happen Tonight

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Another MLS game tonight with playoff implications for Sporting KC when Philadelphia and DC meet up at PPL Park tonight. As of right now, Philadelphia is 4 points back with 2 games in hand while DC is 6 points back with 3 games in hand. So with the more games in hand for both teams, it's going to be hard for KC to hold onto that top spot.

Angel scores twice, Kennedy preserves draw with D.C. with late PK save

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WASHINGTON -- Juan Pablo Angel's resurgent night nearly got offset by a questionable decision at the worst possible time for Chivas USA.

That is until Dan Kennedy came to the rescue.

The Chivas USA goalkeeper saved a Dwayne De Rosario penalty kick in stoppage time, and Angel scored twice in the second half to lift Chivas USA out of a two-goal hole and carry the Goats to a 2-2 draw with D.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Tue Aug 21, 2012

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In a time when everything about American soccer is growing, we just finished the first round of the new season in the English Premier League and the only 2 American players to see the field were both goalkeepers. Feels like a step backwards doesn't it?


The always amazing Steve Sirk has a great tribute to recently deceased Kirk Urso from the Columbus Crew.

1st place Ocean City takes on Reading United

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Ocean City Nor'easters travel to Reading United on Friday for a match that has big playoff implications for the home team. Richard Tassano brings us up to speed on the Nor'easters recent games.

Behind the Axe: A look at the playoff race going into the final week of the MLS regular season

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With just a week left in the 2011 MLS Regular Season, Behind the Axe breaks down the playoff implications for the Timbers, plus highlights the other races going into the weekend. Despite losing against Houston on October 14, the Timbers have some control over their playoff destiny, but must secure results from either of their remaining dates and hope for certain results in other matches.