After a thrilling weekend, the final two teams in the race to the MLS Cup have been decided. This Sunday the LA Galaxy will play host to the New England Revolution in a game that will crown the new MLS Cup champion and conclude the 2014 season.
Fortunately for Major League Soccer (and all us writers), this past weekend has been full of compelling storylines and captivating narratives that we all get to talk about. It has also set the stage for an exciting final, chock full of stories of its own to explore.
For me, this has been one of the most entertaining playoff races in quite some time and, as a neutral, I found myself discovering more and more reasons to pull for each of the four teams. Although two of the four teams have been eliminated, there are still plenty of questions left to be answered and many story arcs left to be resolved. Here are some of my favorite talking points that have developed from these Conference Finals. Continue reading MLS Playoff Weekend: Exploring the Conference Finals
If you can believe it, there are just two weekends left in the 2014 MLS season. In nine days time, two teams will square off for 90 minutes to determine a champion.
Of course, DeAndre Yedlin would have you believe that the Seattle Sounders’ regular season crown holds more weight. However, it’s impossible to deny the role of ‘playoffs’ and ‘championships’ in the American sports zeitgeist.
This is the weekend to decide who will play for the MLS Cup, as the for remaining squads will meet in the second leg of their home and away series to decide the conference champions. Continue reading MLS Conference Championships: Second Leg Predictions
If the opening round of the MLS playoffs was a manic under-card spread over two weeks, the Conference Finals are two prime time heavyweight title fights. In truth, Major League Soccer and the fans themselves could not have picked two better matches to take us into the MLS Cup.
First off, we get the Cinderella story New England Revolution taking on Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls. The Revs are the hip choice to win it all right now, led by their new World Cup hero field general Jermaine Jones and the resurgent attacking trio of Charlie Davies/Teal Bunbury/Lee Nguyen. NYRB have storylines as well, with Henry and perhaps Tim Cahill on their way out of town as soon as the playoff run ends. NYRB beat the Revs in both meetings this season, and head coach Mike Petke has never lost to New England in five meetings.
Continue reading MLS Conference Championships: First Leg Predictions