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2011 MLS playoffs this week ...
November 1st, 2011 1:13AM

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[DATEBOOK] The MLS playoffs resume with the second legs of the conference semifinals on Wednesday and Thursday. The action begins on Wednesday when Sporting Kansas City hosts the defending champion Colorado Rapids. The Seattle Sounders take on Real Salt Lake in Wednesday's other game. For the complete playoff summaries and schedule with television information ...

(Click here for Road to MLS Cup 2011 bracket.)

RESULTS:
Western Conference Semifinals, First Leg:
Oct. 30 in Harrison, N.J.
New York 0 Los Angeles 1.
Goal: Magee 1 (Beckham 1) 15.
New York -- Rost, Mendes, Keel, Ream, Miller, Richards, Marquez, Tainio, Lindpere, Rodgers (Ballouchy 80), Henry.
Los Angeles -- Saunders, DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Franklin, Dunivant, Magee, Beckham, Juninho, Donovan, Keane (Birchall 83), Barrett (Cristman 67).
Red Cards: New York -- Marquez 90; Los Angeles -- Juninho 90.
Referee:
Alex Prus.
Att.:
22,663.

Oct. 29 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake 3 Seattle 0.
Goals: Saborio 1 (Wingert 1, Morales 1) 41, Saborio 2 (Morales 2) 53, Grabavoy 1 (unassisted) 88.
Seattle --
Keller, Riley, Parke, Hurtado, Gonzalez, Neagle (Friberg 60), Alonso, Evans, Fernandez (Levesque 77), Ochoa (Fucito 63), Montero.
Real Salt Lake --
Rimando, Russell, Olave (Schuler 32), Borchers (Gil 84), Wingert, Williams, Beckerman, Morales (Grabavoy 79), Johnson, Saborio, Espindola.
Referee:
Mark Geiger.
Att.:
17,067.

Eastern Conference Semifinals, First Leg:
Oct. 30 in Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado 0 Sporting KC 2.
Goals: Bunbury 1 (Julio Cesar 1) 49, Bunbury 2 (pen.) 59.
Colorado --
Pickens, Kimura (Marshall 36), Moor (Palguta 60), Wynne, Comminges, Mullan, Larentowicz, Thompson, Nyassi, Cummings, Folan (Kandji 23).
Sporting KC -- Nielsen, Myers, Julio Cesar (Jeferson 78), Besler, Sinovic, Kamara (Saad 89), Collin, Sapong, Zusi, Espinoza, Bunbury (Arnaud 69).
Red Card:
Colorado -- Marshall 57.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo.

Oct. 30 in Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia 1 Houston 2. Goals: Le Toux 1 (M.Farfan 1) 7; Hainault 1 (Davis 1) 6, Carr 1 (Ching 1) 30.
Philadelphia -- Mondragon, Williams, Califf, Valdes, G.Farfan, M.Farfan, Carroll, Miglioranzi (McInerney 62), Mapp (Torres 68), Le Toux, Mwanga (Adu 76).
Houston -- Hall, Hainault, Boswell, Cameron, Ashe, Cruz (Watson 64), Moffat, Camargo, Davis, Carr (Bruin 76), Ching (Costly 71).
Referee: Jair Marrufo.
Att.:
18,539.

Wild-Card Games:
Oct. 27 in Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado 1 Columbus 0.
Goal: Cummings 1 (Kimura 1, Mullan 1) 46+.
Colorado -- Pickens, Kimura, Wynne, Moor, Comminges, Mullan, Larentowicz, Smith (LaBauex 74), Nyassi (Kandji 89), Cummings (Thompson 68), Folan.
Columbus -- Hesmer, Miranda (Cunningham 70; Heinemann 85), Marshall, James, Gardner, Gaven, Balchan, Rogers, Tchani, Duka (Renteria 65), Mendoza.
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez.
Att.:
7,803.

Oct. 26 in Frisco, Texas

FC Dallas 0 New York 2. Goals: Lindpere 1 (Ballouchy 1) 61, Henry 1 (unassisted) 98+.
FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Ugo Ihemelu, Zach Loyd, Daniel Hernandez, George John, Jair Benitez, Marvin Chavez (Maicon Santos 73), Ricardo Villar (Fabian Castillo 82), Andrew Jacobson (Danny Cruz 67), Brek Shea, Jackson.
New York -- Rost, Solli, Keel, Ream, Miller, McCarty (Ballouchy 59), Tainio, Marquez, Lindpere, Richards (Mendes 82), Henry.
Red Card: New York -- Solli 79.
Referee: Ricardo Salazar.
Att.: 10,017.

SCHEDULE:
Eastern Conference Semifinals, Second Leg:
Nov. 2
Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado (TV: FOX Soccer, 8 pm ET)
Nov. 3
Houston vs. Philadelphia (TV: ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2, 8:30 pm ET)

Western Conference Semifinals, Second Leg:
Nov. 2
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake (TV: ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2, 10 pm ET)
Nov. 3
Los Angeles vs. New York (TV: ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2, 11 pm ET)

Conference Championships:
Nov. 6
Hosted by highest remaining seed  (TV: FOX Soccer, 5:30 pm ET)
Hosted by highest remaining seed (TV: ESPN or ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2, TBD)

MLS Cup 2011:
Nov. 20 in Carson, Calif.
(TV: ESPN, Galavision, TSN2, 9 pm ET)



0 comments
  1. William Slattery
    commented on: October 24, 2011 at 11:29 a.m.
    Is the FC Dallas v. NY Red Bulls game fixed?

  1. William Slattery
    commented on: October 24, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.
    OK. I see what you mean, but it sure is confusing.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: October 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
    Hey, isn't there an equal "wait-time" between the playoffs and when the final is played in the NFL? And didn't Garber come from a pro-football (tackle football, that is to say...) background, thus the 14-day wait? As I recall the NFL uses this interim to hype the Super Bowl, ads on tv, radio, twitter, facebook, magazines, newspapers, etc., all leading up to the big, and I mean really B-I-G day. So what lessons are the braintrusts of the MLS Office marketing, PY, and other publicity desks/departments doing about it? Ok, so it is just a little taste of food for thought!

  1. John Soares
    commented on: October 26, 2011 at 1:27 p.m.
    While 14 days may be too long (?). MLS needs all the "hype" and "build-up" it can get!

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: October 31, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.
    When will the MLS TV commentators get it right, i.e., they all seem to fabricate that Rodgers & Richards are key elements to the RB team when in fact these two players have no soccer brain whatsoever...Lalas should letnup on Tim Ream, it's not one player, it's the team.


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