November 9, 2009

MLS playoffs: the final four

Seattle Sounders FC v. Houston Dynamo

As Kevin Calabro might say, the magic-carpet ride is over. The inaugural season for the Sounders FC is over after an overtime strike by Brian Ching gave the Dynamo a 1-0 aggregate win.

Can't say Seattle didn't turn heads in their first year. A U.S. Open Cup trophy and a postseason berth are legitimate accomplishments. In the end, the veterans got it done, putting away one chance, and it was enough.

We'll see what changes are made in the offseason.

Los Angeles Galaxy v. Chivas USA

The L.A. derby was tied 2-2 after the first leg, and a Landon Donovan-penalty kick was all the Galaxy needed to advance in the second.

Mike Magee earned the spot kick after shrugging off a tackle, then a second later changed his mind and crumpled to the turf. Looked girly and won't do the sport any favors for the non-believers.

The Western Conference final might as well be the final in my mind. I wouldn't mind a reseeding process, come to think of it.

Chicago Fire v. New England Revolution

Trailing 2-1 after the first leg, the Fire got the 2-0 win at home to advance to the Eastern Conference final against Real Salt Lake.

John Thorrington tied the aggregate series with a goal in the 35th minute, but the soon-to-be-departed Cuauhtemoc Blanco was the hero Saturday with an 83rd minute strike.

I just hope Chicago wins in the next round, otherwise it could be a pathetic final. And I might not be able to scalp my MLS Cup tickets for anything.

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