>Monday Lunch: Playoffs?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Posted: November 1, 2010 in mls
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>By Evan Ream

Before I get to the MLS Playoff recap, I think that Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, and especially Clint Dempsey all deserve props for scoring goals over the weekend and helping their team obtain results. Here is the impressive Edu goal.


Colorado 1 Columbus 0 109740_news
This was an interesting result. On one hand, Colorado put on the most one-sided performance of the week. On the other hand, they failed to put away a second goal that could have made their road trip a lot easier. Omar Cummings was for me the best player of the first leg out of any team. As my friend and fellow TSL writer Nick put it, “it looked like he was just playing with the FIFA stick the whole time.” I don’t think Cummings lost the ball once, and if not for Conor Casey’s impotence in front of the net, Colorado would be up by two or three goals; not just one. Columbus has to feel pretty good about themselves though. 1-0 is hardly an insurmountable lead and they get a game at home. They created absolutely nothing for 90 minutes and yet they put themselves in a great position to advance.
 
Javier Morales #11 of Real Salt Lake controls the ball against the Chicago Fire during the MLS Eastern Conference Championship at Toyota Park on November 14, 2009 in Bridgeview, Illinois.FC Dallas 2 Real Salt Lake 1
I think Dallas really stole one here. The play was pretty even, but RSL was weakened when Javier Morales, their best player, was sent off on a questionable call. In the video replay, you can clearly see that Morales has his eyes on the ball and not the player and his controlling of the ball on a high kick was in no way reckless and thus should not have warranted a second yellow. Dax McCarty made the most of the contact and fooled the ref by grabbing his face. Atiba Harris would later be sent off for a questionable call as well, but Atiba Harris isn’t half the player Morales is. Dallas got one scrappy goal and one really nice one to take the game. This should be an interesting rematch in Utah with Morales suspended. The game could be more even then I originally thought it would be.
 
Joel Lindpere Joel Lindpere #20 of the New York Red Bulls celebrates his goal in the 40th minuteNew York 1 San Jose 0
I was at this game and I will post more thoughts about it later along with photos, but San Jose was badly outplayed. New York did exactly what they needed to. I don’t really think San Jose has a chance at all of advancing.
 
LA 1 Seattle 0 edson buddle la galaxy
This was by far the game of the week. The crowd was amazing and the cold weather allowed for the game to be played at an incredibly fast pace. Both teams had their chances, but Seattle’s supposed strength, their wings, never really got going. LA had a brilliant game plan. The outside mids (Donovan and Beckham) were to track back and double team Steve Zakuani and Sanna Nyassi whenever possible. When this happened, Seattle’s outside backs would come up to support and they would be vulnerable on the counter. Eddie Lewis and Sean Franklin, with help, absolutely destroyed Zakuani and Nyassi. LA played pretty defensively and stole a goal of a lifetime.

In the end, LA was fortunate to get that goal, but they would have taken 0-0. It should be interesting to see LA try to defend their lead at home, where they were worse than they were on the road this season.
 
Predictions:
New York 2 San Jose 0
Columbus 1 Colorado 1
Real Salt Lake 2 FC Dallas 0
LA 1 Seattle 1

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