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Couple of good MLS games on TV tonight

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm with 7 Comments »
October 14, 2011 12:50 pm

A couple of interesting MLS games will be played tonight, and fortunately enough both are televised. Unfortunately enough, they’re on at the same time.

So get out the remote or get ready to pick between Real Salt Lake-Colorado or Portland-Houston.

The latter is crucial to the playoff hopes of both teams. But the former has a bit more meaning to the Sounders, as anything but a Salt Lake win will clinch a No. 2 seeding for Seattle in the coming playoffs. That’s pretty much already established, however; so the greater meaning might be that a Salt Lake loss would increase the possibility that Dallas — or even Colorado — could climb to third in the West, thereby becoming the Sounders’ playoff-opening opponent.

Here’s a quick preview on both games from MLS (and follow the links for even more):

Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
· Drew Moor scored the game’s only goal as the Rapids put an end to a five-game winless run in their last last match, a 1-0 win against FC Dallas.

· Moor has scored the last two goals for the Rapids and now has four this season, a career single-season high.
· Real Salt Lake have followed a five-game winning streak –the longest in MLS this season – with a four-game losing slide – one short of the season-long and the club’s longest since 2007.
· In the first meeting this season of the Rocky Mountain Cup rivals, Fabian Espíndola scored deep into second-half stoppage time to give Real a dramatic 1-0 victory, April 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:30 p.m. (Root)
· The game will have a huge effect on the MLS Cup Playoffs wild card race, with the Dynamo holding onto the final spot entering the week, just three points ahead of Portland in 11th place overall.
· Kenny Cooper has scored three goals in the last four games, including the only goal in the Timbers’ 1-0 win at Vancouver in their last match.
· The Dynamo haven’t lost in four games after their 1-1 draw vs. Chicago on Oct. 1.
· In the clubs’ first meeting, Adam Moffat and Brian Ching scored first-half goals as the Dynamo took a 2-1 victory, Aug. 14 at Robertson Stadium.

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  1. exSlacker says:

    A quick recap of the battle for the #3 spot in the West (assuming that Seattle doesn’t lose out AND have RSL win big out):

    RSL 51 pts GD=8 G=35 Games Left: @Col, Portland
    Dal 49 pts GD=3 G=35 Games Left: Van, @SJ
    Col 45 pts GD=2 G=40 Games Left: Col, @Van

    The first tie break is head to head and all 3 teams have split with each other…so that’s a push. Second is goal differential. Third is goals scored. As you can see above, RSL has a firm grasp on goal differential at the moment..but a bad loss (2 goals, for example) tonight @ Colorado tonight changes that from 8-2 to 6-4. Then a 1-0 loss to Portland by RSL and a 1-0 win @Vancouver for Colorado ties GD and Colorado wins the third tiebreak, goals scored, easily.

    The situation described above clearly opens the door for Dallas…all they would have to do is win either remaining game…but if they tie both, they lose the resulting tiebreak to Colorado on goal differential as well. If they go tie-loss or loss-tie, Colorado beats them on points alone.

    All of this seems outlandish…but RSL has NOT been great without Beckerman…and he’s out until the playoffs after his headbutt. It should be fun to watch. Personally, I’m rooting for Colorado to pull off the unlikely comeback and for Portland to squeeze into the playoffs. How about the rest of you?

  2. ciscokid says:

    My fantasy scenario is Portland getting last seed. Upsets 1st wildcard seed, beats LA while Seattle wins setting up Conference final in Seattle against Portland. How ridiculously intense would that game be?

  3. EverydayFan says:

    That would be fabulous! Solidify the MLS power shift to Cascadia and sell out Century Link for the epic smack down!!!

    PS – Kudos to TNT for the new Blog format!

    Works great on all my i-things and love the twitter feed … Way cool.

  4. Don Ruiz says:

    Nice breakdown, ES.

    And I’m glad to hear from EF that the blog looks better on the mobile devices. I’ve heard that was part of the motivation for the changes.

  5. elmocatt says:

    Sorry, but I can never root for Portland. Maybe in seasons to come there will be an epic Seattle v. Portland playoff match, but this year, want to see them fail, on an epic scale.

    Never want the answer to the question, “Which MLS teams made the playoffs in their debut years?”, to include PDX along with the Sounders.

    And yes, nice breakdown there ExSlack.

  6. derekyoung says:

    CK – I’m so torn. Part of me enjoys seeing rivals lose to whoever, but a Conference Final against them would be pretty fun.

  7. exSlacker says:

    I’m pulling for both Portland and Vancouver…and next year, Montreal. Simply put, the Sounders have risen to within one place of as high as they can rise…the only way to rise from there is to have the waters on which they float rise. That means that ALL of the recent expansion teams must do very well. Then again, I’m a Cubs fan who has no trouble cheering for the White Sox when the Cubs are not involved…so maybe I’m just a rare bird that way.

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