MLS Playoff Night: Sporting KC & Real Salt Lake Look To March On

Game time.

Which team’s got the best comeback chance? The injury-depleted Rapids or the home turf Sounders? Or neither.

Line-ups are in.

If you're answering if TSG choose this picture because of the goofy look on Sapong's face OR the fuzzy pose of a beaten Marvell Wynne in the background, the answer is....YES.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by John on 2011/11/02 at 6:47 PM

    If I was in Vegas, I might mozy on over to the betting window and lay some money on KC to win it all.


  2. Posted by Scweeb on 2011/11/02 at 8:02 PM

    so i am at work but can someone tell me why seatle has subbed out 2 players


    • Posted by John on 2011/11/02 at 8:21 PM

      Fernandez looked to have a hamstring injury, Evans was the combination of some tackles.


  3. The british guy that is announcing the RSL vs. Seattle game is the best I’ve heard in the short time I’ve been watching the American game. Much better than the others I’ve had to sit through.


  4. Posted by Union on 2011/11/02 at 9:26 PM

    Really hope that all MLS franchises are required to put in grass fields at some point. Good game tonight, but I hate the turf so much.


  5. Posted by Joe on 2011/11/02 at 10:36 PM

    This, is my absolutely nutty idea for MLS Post-Season:

    Preface: I say, cap at teams at 20 for 5 years. During that five years, either re-brand/ re-locate the struggling franchises… When we have 20, fully funcitonal, financially supported, with SSS’s, and 75% capacity at every match. Then we should open up the bidding again. Cap at 25, and then PERFECT the league for the next 5 years. Then open it up one more time.. to like 28. 14 in each conference. And conferences will be even more important, with most of the regular season focus on conference opponents, and in-conference rivalries. maybe 10 games outside of your conference, and who that is, is rotated each year.

    Post season:
    The Conference Winners go to the MLS CUP FINAL: hosted by the team with most points. Both teams qualify for CCL; and is played 2 weeks after the regular season ends.
    The 2nd place teams in each conference meet in a 2 legged Sponsored cup i.e. The Adidas CUP: winner qualifies for the CCL
    3rd place teams play in another 2 legged sponsored cup i.e. VW Cup: winner gets a cup.
    4th place teams play in another 2 legged sponsored cup i.e. AEG Cup: winner gets a cup.

    Cons: less post season games, thus less revenue, and this is essentially the BCS of soccer
    Pros: more significance on winning conferences, and winning the supporters shield (plus the name makes more sense because now those supporters host the final), cup games will garner more sponsorship interest, fans will fill up the stadiums for the chance to see their team hoist a cup (no more empty stadiums), with the final being 2 weeks out, fans of both teams have plenty of time to make arrangements to attend.

    Thus, you have more sponsors, more significance to the regular season, and more filled stadiums for exposure…
    People hate the BCS system because college football has so much gray area… Soccer is points based so there wouldn’t be any issue on that front.


  6. Posted by Bode on 2011/11/03 at 7:55 AM

    After watching the Seattle v. RSL game last night, I’m now convinced that MLS stands for Man League Soccer.

    Holy crap, lots of meaty challenges flying around that game– it’s a shock that more yellow cards weren’t issued (and red, e.g. when Freiberg shoved Ferreira to the ground).


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