Monday, October 23, 2006

MLS Playoffs

Random notes following a the rest of the matches.

I found it funny that all 4 teams that won this weekend only have 1 goal leads; that the Western Conference clubs both won with 2-1 scorelines and that the Eastern Conference clubs won with 1-0 scorelines. The visiting clubs won on Saturday and the home clubs won on Sunday. That D'Ro missed a PK to a wonderful Guzan shot block and that the Chivas USA supporters actually stopped the match because they flooded the goal with streamers.

As we have the following results going into the second part of the Semi-Finals:

- FC Dallas 1 up on Colorado
- Chicago 1 up on New England
- Chivas USA 1 up on Houston

The return matches should be interesting. Both Colorado and New England are down a goal and face their matches with personnel problems. Colorado will be without Thiago Martins due to his Red card and MLS Sponsored Holiday, I just hope for their sake that Cleetus doesn't get the start, I mean, damn, I am fitter that he is. New England should know more today or tomorrow, but by the faces I saw ESPN plaster on the screen that Deuce was making, he might have just played his last match in a MLS uniform. If Deuce is out, I do not expect the Revs to be able to do much to a Chicago club that needs a draw to book a trip to the Conference Finals.

Chivas USA looks to be in the best situation of these three clubs, as they head into Houston for the away leg of their series. I was impressed with the play of Brad Guzan, if he keeps his form up, Chivas USA will be heading to the Conference Finals as well.


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