MLS PLAYOFFS: San Jose & Miami can clinch

Three of the four quarterfinal matchups enter Game 2 this evening (Wednesday, Sept. 26). Miami and San Jose, because of the Game 1 wins, can clinch passage into the semifinals. The MetroStars' tie at Los Angeles last weekend makes a Game 3 in that series necessary for one team to gain the five points needed to win. (Chicago leads Dallas 4 points to 1; they meet in the Game 3 decider Saturday in Chicago) SAN JOSE-COLUMBUS CREW in San Jose (10 pm ET/FOX Bay Area/Shootout package: DISH Net: 460; DirecTV: 796) San Jose leads, 3 points to 0. The Quake's 3-1 in Columbus has been the surprise result of the playoffs so far. DID YOU KNOW? Columbus is 6-1 all-time in postseason Game 2s. SCHEDULED REFEREES: Referee: Kevin Stott; Assistant Referees: Tom Bobadilla (SAR), David Bragg (JAR). KANSAS CITY-MIAMI in Kansas City (8:30 pm ET) Miami leads 3 points to 0. The Preki starred in the 2-0 Game 1 win over the team he had spent five years with and helped win the 2000 title. DID YOU KNOW? Preki, 38, was the third oldest player to see action in MLS this season. Carlos Valderrama (40) and Mo Johnston (45 days older than Preki) were the two older players. ... Preki's 14 assists were the second highest total in MLS in 2001. (Miami's Diego Serna and Columbus' John Wilmar Perez each notched 15.) SCHEDULED REFEREES: Referee: Alex Prus; Assistant Referees: Richard Huber (SAR), George Gansner (JAR). METROSTARS-LOS ANGELES in East Rutherford, N.J. (8 pm ET/FOX Sports West/Shootout package: DISH Net: 459/DirecTV: 794) The series is tied at 1 point apiece. Rodrigo Faria, who scored for the MetroStars in their 1-1 Game 1 at Los Angeles, has tallied in each of the Metros' last four victories. DID YOU KNOW: Adolfo Valencia scored in three of the MetroStars five postseason matches in 2000. SCHEDULED REFEREES: Referee: Noel Kenny; Assistant Referees: Greg Barkey (SAR), Thomas Supple (JAR)
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