Well, that's it. Seattle outplayed us in both legs and they move on to MLS Cup after a 1-0 win yesterday. There really isn't much to say about this one. Colorado set a regular and post-season MLS record by having 16 shots with none of them on target. Much like we've seen all season, in a game they came in trailing by a goal they didn't get one shot on target.
That's the cliche this week at least At home facing a one goal deficit. Didn't we just do this? Things are a little different this time around as the Rapids do have a road goal in their back pocked to a repeat of the LA home game means skipping extra time and going straight to MLS Cup. Of course I think Seattle is going to much harder to stop on offense than LA's geriatric stars.
Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do or die Apologies to Lord Tennyson for the paraphrase. Sunday the Rapids either figure out how to score or the season ends. Going in down 1-0 from the first leg Colorado must win, and if they allow LA to score they have to win by 2. A 1-0 win will take the game to extra time and if necessary, penalty kicks.
Its just been announced that the Rapids home leg against LA next Sunday will be a noon local kickoff. This is a surprise because the early schedule showed an 8pm MT slot for TV which was almost certain to be the Rapids since the other hosts were Dallas and NY. Looks like MLS got the networks to slide things around so Dallas could kickoff at 8pm CT.
The Rapids renewed their affiliation with the USL Charlotte Independence for another season today. This is a little bit of a surprise as it seemed like Colorado was leaning towards a relationship with the Switchbacks. Maybe they still have different viewpoints on how the relationship might work or maybe the Rapids are just happy staying with Charlotte given Hinchey's relationship with the Independence owners.
Sporting Kansas City begin their playoff campaign tomorrow night in the same place that the club started the season, in Seattle, taking on the Seattle Sounders. Back in March, Sporting used a Nuno Coelho shot from distance, a Seattle red card, and some good goalkeeping to help Kansas City a 1-0 win on First Kick.
KC got some help last night from around the league in both their attempts to make the playoffs and the potential of sneaking into fourth place in the West. Unfortunately for KC though they couldn't take care of their own business against New England and still sit in fifth place with two games to play.
Heading into a busy Saturday with a number of intra-conference match ups in MLS, in fact, Sporting KC's game against New England is the only game today or tomorrow between an Eastern and Western Conference team. That means there's a lot of potential for the playoff picture to be clearer come the end of the weekend.
It's a busy day of MLS games today, with plenty of games having a big impact on Sporting Kansas City and their playoff hopes. With Sporting playing on Sunday, they get to scoreboard watch today and hope that come Sunday morning they're still in fifth place in the West.
Vancouver at Seattle What we want to happen - draw
A draw keeps either side from closing the gap by more than a point, and it takes a point off the board as well.
Sporting Kansas City is into the playoffs, now the second season begins as they'll take on the Portland Timbers tomorrow night in Portland. The match up will be the fourth time that these two teams have met this season. In the prior three matches this season between the two teams, there has been just a single goal, Krisztian Nemeth's solo effort in their last meeting earlier this month.
The Union will enter the playoffs on a historic winless streak.
On Sunday evening, the Philadelphia Union officially became a playoff team for the first time since 2011. Despite the feat, boos filled the rapidly emptying stadium after the final whistle. Though the Union finally clinched a spot in the playoffs, they did so with a 2-0 loss to their I-95 rivals, the New York Red Bulls.
First half goals from Mullins, Boswell, and Vincent guarantee United's playoff spot
D.C. United came into the penultimate game of the MLS season just needing one win to secure their 2016 goal of making the playoffs. In front of the biggest home crowd of the season, the Black-and-Red took care of that business against New York City FC, scoring thrice in the first half to secure a 3-1 win.
Playoffs are coming. But before they do, it's time for United's last home game of the regular season, against the very hate-able, stupidly named NYCFC. (By the way, Jason breaks down DCU's playoff scenarios for you right here, so check that out.)
Putting the playoffs aside for just a minute, though, let's predict what'll happen in tomorrow's match.
Revolution coach Jay Heaps may not have been happy about the way Wednesday's knockout match was officiated, but he wasn't about to blame referee Mark Geiger as the reason why his team lost 2-1 to DC United.
In match was wide open for lengthy spells, the Revolution were not only left exposed defensively a number of times, but they also failed to convert on a handful of tantalizing chances.
Join the guys, including "the talent" as they look back ate DC United's past few matches, including the 3-3 draw in Jamaica and their recent play-off clinching win against New York City FC. The boys also talk about United and the District's recent stadium announcement and what it means for a new home for the Black-and-Red.
A disappointing end to what has been a very disappointing bunch of playoff games for AEK. I knew going into it all that we'd be pretty tired and worn out, but I was hoping for better than 4th place but what can you do? Honestly I can't complain, I'd rather see us win the Cup and finish 4th rather than finish 2nd but not win the Cup.
Very unfortunate result for us, and one that we perhaps didn't deserve since we were the only team who showed up today looking for a win. But thats football sometimes. I expected a win, if only for the fact that we've won all our derbies at OAKA until now this season, but fatigue once again got the better of us.
Huge win for the team today, a win that puts us back in with a shot of getting first in the playoffs. A loss today would have essentially ended all hope for us, but the win now means that if we win both of our upcoming matches, we finish top. I'm feeling pretty confident at this point and if it wasn't for the fatigue really getting to the players, I would be certain that we could win both games.
So close to finishing the season off and cementing ourselves in 3rd place, but we instead let Aris get the better of us despite playing in an empty arena. We had a number of key players out due to injury and suspension, so we did well all things considered but we simply weren't able to hold Aris off towards the end.
Three games in six days, I'm really not sure whose bright idea that was. Regardless, the effects were apparent today and there was little the team could do to hold off PAO. I'm not trying to make excuses for the team, but who can expect better when they play a Cup final, followed by a game against Panionios three days later and then an away derby three days after that.
There was a mix up with our new internet provider here at home and so I had no connection to the web from about Friday morning until now. I am happy to report though that everything is up and running very smoothly, but this now means I have some catching up to do on the AEK news. For starters, heres a brief summary:
-We won our game against Panionios, 1-0 courtesy of Mantalos
-We also won our second game against Aris for third place in the basketball league by a score of 89-84
-Reports are suggesting that we're very close to singing Olympiakos target Tasos Bakasetas (would be a great signing if this is true)
So, I didn't get to watch the game against Panionios since I was working (though I should get to watch our game tomorrow), but it seems like we played pretty well from what I saw during the highlights.
Possibly the worst start to the playoffs that we could have hoped for, dropping all three points as well as falling to third in the standings. We got lucky in considering Panathinaikos only managed to draw 1-1 with Panionios, but yesterday's result certainly puts the pressure on us from an early stage.
So the draw for the playoffs took place today and overall I can't complain all that much. Take a look below to see who we'll be playing and when. Its worth noting that our first game against PAOK in Toumba will be played without fans.
Its a bit strange that all of our first three games are away but the way I see it is, if we can come out strong and get some results in the first three matches, then we have a good chance of finishing the playoffs in a good way.
Almost 24 hours after we qualified for the Football Cup final, our Basketball team did what we haven't been able to do for eleven years: make it to the league semi-finals. It certainly won't be easy from here on since we face Olympiakos in the next round (and then either Panathinaikos or Aris in the finals if we make it that far), but theres no reason we can't make it to the finals.
After a huge win in Thessaloniki, we have some how managed to find away to stay alive for another game. Last week's loss in the first match of our playoff games against PAOK saw us lose as a result of us giving up a significant lead and letting PAOK back into the game. The result last week meant it was do or die for us in Thessaloniki, a prospect that no team would ever like to come up against.
For what I believe was the first time in Panaitolikos' history, the small team from Agrinio managed a well deserved victory against AEK. I hate to say it, but at times we were actually outclassed today and even though we weren't exactly the worst team on the pitch, we certainly didn't deserve a win with only a draw or a loss being the fair results.
Such a disappointing finish to a game which started sowell. I have no complaints about the score, of course, but when you score three goals within the first twenty minutes I can't help but build up a sense of expectation. I wasn't surprised to see the first half end at 3-0, but I was certainly expecting another goal at least.
Expansion teams don't tend to make the playoffs. If you trace the modern history of professional sports in the U.S., you'd be hard-pressed to find any team making the playoffs in their first year of existence. Winning the title as an expansion team would seem near impossible. Yet, after three weeks of the 2017 Major League Soccer season, expansion pro sports franchise, Atlanta United FC, looks like a serious championship contender.
No stranger to big games, the Uruguayan is more than ready for his first MLS Cup playoff match
The Seattle Sounders' signing of Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro in July was one of the catalysts of the team's remarkable turnaround. Their 4th place finish and playoff qualification seemed quite impossible, but the arrival of Lodeiro changed everything.
A win makes it more probable than not they make the playoffs.
The Seattle Sounders roll into Carson with the hope to beat the perennial dream killers. A win will go a long way for Seattle's playoff chances. Thanks to the LA Galaxy being devastated by injuries—to the point they've called Landon Donovan out of retirement—it is ripe time for the Sounders to play spoiler on the Galaxy's playoff clinching match.
Seattle is out of the playoffs, but can still finish the season on a high note.
Tonight, the players for Seattle Reign FC lace up their boots one last time for the year. There are no playoffs to prepare for, as Western New York destroyed the Boston Breakers last night—eliminating Seattle from playoff contention.
The Portland Timbers welcomed FC Dallas to Providence Park on November 22, handed them a sizable deficit to overcome for the second leg of the playoff round, and then played around in some streamers. Pictures and humor from the Timbers 3-1 win.
DC United dropped game 1 of the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs at RFK Stadium in Washington DC 1-0 against bitter rival Red Bull New York. United now faces an uphill battle and must defeat New York at Red Bull Arena in order to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. All photos: Martin Fernandez
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2 1 FC DALLAS Castillo 18´, Ivanschitz 67´, Dempsey 86´. Por poco mas de una hora, el FC Dallas mantuvo a los Seattle Sounders al margen de alguna oportunidad de gol concreta. No dieron respiro ni tregua. Estuvieron a punto de sofocarlos y volver a Dallas con la ventaja del gol [.
The local region will be well-represented during Saturday's pair ofASL semifinal clashes after Western Mass Pro Soccer and the Rhode Island Oceaneers both booked their postseason trips earlier this week.
Western Mass clinched the ASL table on 37 points (10-1-7), and finished the 2014-15 regular season with a 1-1 draw against Mass United FC last weekend.
The curious case of Ricky van Wolfswinkel - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In March 2013 Ricky van Wolfswinkel was a man on the move in every sense. Norwich City had just forked out a club record fee for his services, a deal they were so anxious to conclude that they didn't dare risk getting gazumped in the summer.