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MLS playoff schedule and MLS Cup poll

By Steve Goff

The conference finals are set:
San Jose Earthquakes at Colorado Rapids, 9:30 p.m. ET
Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Deportes
In regular season, each club won at home, 1-0

FC Dallas at Los Angeles Galaxy, 9 p.m. ET
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Galaxy won regular season matches, 1-0 and 2-1

At Toronto's BMO Field
Sun., Nov. 21, 8:30 p.m. ET
ESPN, Telefutura

By Steve Goff  | November 7, 2010; 11:21 PM ET
Categories:  MLS, Poll  | Tags:  MLS  
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So messed up. Let SJ and CO play for third.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | November 7, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

So does the winner of San Jose-Colorado actually put the "Eastern Conference Champion" hardware in their trophy case?

Posted by: benonthehill | November 8, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Lame isn't it?
Too much pandering to too may fans that don't give a hoot about MLS.

Posted by: marksman37 | November 8, 2010 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Red Bulls beat LA by 2 goals. Oh wait...

Posted by: Unternehmen | November 8, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to be foolish enough to pick the high seeds in both contests. That sure hasn't worked out in the first round, but nobody knows how to grind out a result like LA, and Colorado's home field advantage is greater than most.

Posted by: stancollins | November 8, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Two West coast teams playing for the Eastern Conference Championship. What's wrong with this picture?

Posted by: stwasm | November 8, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Never mind that--the top two remaining seeds are facing each other... in the semis, in which the 5th place team will get a home game, while the 3rd place team hits the road.

That's the travesty here. The whole "conference" thing is just a bad joke.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | November 8, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Garber's whole thing about rivalries is misplaced. We are still going to have a balanced schedule through 20 teams so you will never play your 'conference rivals' more that others.
The odds of having less than two teams from one conference or the other is relatively slim, so you're still going to play your 'rivals'.

The only meaningful thing out of this might be a Conference Champ title, but as we see this year, there is a decent chance that someone outside of the conference will win it. I don't think East and West is relevant anymore, make it Blue & Green (MLS colors) or something.

btw which of the Texas teams is switching to the East conference next year?

Posted by: silverrey | November 8, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

meant to say - "...relatively slim, you're still going to have the same chance to play your 'rivals'."

Posted by: silverrey | November 8, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

btw, what the heck happened with Columbus only pulling in 10K for their home game? You had a nice Saturday afternoon without an Ohio State game to distract everyone. That's pretty poor for a good team.

kudos to L.A., Salt Lake, NY, Seattle, and San Jose (albeit in their small facility) for having excellent playoff atmospheres.

Posted by: foul_throw | November 8, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Not to be a Eurosnob, but Man United and Man City play each other only twice per season and their rivalry is pretty intense, as it is for Chelsea-Arsenal, etc., etc., etc. And Houston should switch because it is further East - until 2012, when Montreal joins MLS.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 8, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

As long as there is a playoff system, teams that peak at the end of the season are going to be the ones that have success in the cup run. Colorado has played its best soccer by far in the last two months. It's hardly their fault that the "big market" teams like NY tanked.

Folks complain that there should be a single table - not east and west. How would the playoff picture be any different if that were the case? The top 8 teams would go thru, and you'd still have teams like Col and SJ making runs for the trophy.

I just don't get all the whining. Id rather see Col or SJ go thru as watching NY in its last game was pathetic. Marquez looked like he would rather have been anywhere else.

So, here's to the underdog.

Posted by: hacksaw | November 8, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the playoff matchups are at all unfair but some geography purists seem irritated.

Maybe the worst MLS Western team should join the Eastern conference next season so as not to dilute the level of play. They could be like the Dallas Cowboys of the NFC East.

Mexico has a quirky way of dividing their league into 3 groups that change every season. Games b/w group rivals are more important since the top 2 in each group get playoff slots (I believe that's how it works) and the next best 2 overall get the remaining wild card slots. But teams are "group rivals" just because of that season's random draw.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 8, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

folks seem to be sleeping on colorado. arguably the best team over final 1/3 (10 games) of season - 5w, 3d and pretty sure +11 GD was easily the best in league. mid-season additions of anthony wallace and brian mullan seem to have made them a serious contender. LA v Colo would be totally legit cup final...

Posted by: rainORshine | November 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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