With the San Jose Earthquakes being the only team to sweep its quarterfinal opponent (Columbus), the other three series will be decided in SaturdayÆs Game 3 encounters.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Los Angeles vs. MetroStars
in Pasadena, Calif., 3:30 pm ET (ESPN2)
Game 1: Los Angeles 1 MetroStars 1
Game 2: MetroStars 4 Los Angeles 1
MetroStars lead series, 4 points to 1. With a Game 3 tie, the MetroStars take it. A Galaxy win forces a 20-minute mini-game, and PKs if the mini-game ends in a tie.
Suspended: Greg Vanney (Los Angeles)
Did you know?Rookie Rodrigo Faria, 24, has scored three goals in the series after hitting eight regular-season goals. ôHe barely made the team,ö coach Octavio Zambrano said of Faria, who grew up in Rio de Janeiro and immigrated to New York to study. Zambrano kept Faria in the squad despite the fact that he missed three weeks of preseason training to be with his ailing father while he successfully battled cancer.
Miami vs. Kansas City
in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 7:30 pm (MetroSports/Shootout package: DISH Net: 459, DirecTV: 794)
Game 1. Miami 2 Kansas City 0
Game 2: Kansas City 3 Miami 0
Series tied at 3 points apiece. The Game 3 winner takes it. A tie forces a 20-minute mini-game, and PKs if the mini-game ends in a tie.
Suspended: Diego Serna (Miami), Pablo Mastroeni (Maimi)
Did you know? The Wizards are 7-7-2 all-time in the playoffs and are tied in scoring with their opponents 21-21. ... The Fusion is 1-5 all-time in the playoffs, having been outscored by its opponents 3-7.
Chicago vs. Dallas
in Chicago, 8:00 pm (FOX Sports Chicago/ DISH Net: 461
Game 1: Chicago 2 Dallas 0
Game 2: Dallas 1 Chicago 1
Chicago leads series, 4 points to 1. A Game 3 tie wins it for Chicago. A Dallas win forces a mini-game.
Did you know? The Fire is currently riding a seven-game unbeaten streak. ... The Fire has only been shutout once in 2001 (Aug. 1 at Columbus). ... Burn striker Ariel Graziani has scored in each of the three regular-season meetings with the Fire but has yet to find the net in the postseason.
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