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MLS Cup ’11 field will be said in playoff doubleheader today

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 6, 2011 at 1:14 am with 4 Comments »
November 5, 2011 9:14 pm

It’s MLS conference final day, which means the pairing for the Nov. 20 MLS Cup will be set today in this pair of single-elimination matches:

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL:
Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo
2:30 p.m. PT (FOX Soccer)
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL:
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
6 p.m. PT (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com, TSN2)
The Home Depot Center

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  1. derekyoung says:

    Rooting for Tally Hall to have a great match but give up the undefendable goal to SKC. Just can’t bring myself to see Houston through but SKC deserves a little karma after all the horrible things we did to them in late minutes.

    PS If you’re Hall’s parents reading this, talk to Adrian. We need a keeper.

  2. exSlacker says:

    Derek … I’m with you. SKC deserves this return on their substantial investment. Beautiful new stadium, well-executed rebranding and restructuring. HUGE increase in attendance. It’s easy to forget that they were the lowly Wizards in their AAA baseball stadium just a year ago.

    With that said – I want LA to win. It hurts to want that…but it helps our Sounders. I’m fairly certain that if LA wins the Cup, we go straight to group play in CCL instead of having to play in (the Supporter’s Shield bid falls to us as Shield runner-up). This is supported by the article on MLS’s website that confirmed RSL was in CCL play regardless of the LA-RSL outcome (if they lose, LA has 2 bids by virtue of the Shield and playing the Final. The extra bid falls to Shield runner up. We’re already in. A bid falls to the third place overall..RSL).

  3. jimkingjr says:

    Given the secretive nature of USSoccer, don’t be sure how the bids will fall. MLS Cup gets in direct, Supporters Shield gets in direct, and then two play-in entries- usually Open Cup winner and MLS Cup loser. But no where is any of this ever put in print in advance.

    So how does it play out? Who knows for sure. If Galaxy win, maybe we get a direct entry as Supporters Shield #2, but that is no where in print. And if we get the Supporters Shield berth, does Chicago get the Open Cup berth? Or maybe the Galaxy go as Supporters Shield #1, and RLS gets bumped up to a direct entry? And USSoccer gets to choose the fourth US entry based on some secret formula.

  4. exSlacker says:

    I agree with you Jim that there is no real way to be sure. However, this article from mls’s official website (http://www.mlssoccer.com/ccl/news/article/2011/11/04/las-victory-over-ny-guarantees-ccl-berth-rsl) would indicate that Chicago is removed from the equation…as the only way RSL could be in after losing to LA is the trickle down bid I described previously. The only possible option aside from Setatle getting the bye if LA wins in light of that article, is that the Cup runner-up gets the group bid. My gut feeling is that they won’t do that…but you never know. It’s screwy for sure. RSL had the 2nd best record last year (to LA by only 3 points) and didn’t even GET a bid to CCL. I’ll still route for LA on the outside chance that they help the Sounders and, more importantly, because they are the best team in MLS right now hands down.

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