The next set of matches in the MLS playoffs occured last weekend to reveal who would be moving on to the semi-finals for the MLS Cup. The results were as follows:
- Real Salt Lake(3) vs Columbus Crew(2)
- New England Revolution(0) vs Chicago Fire(2)
- Seattle Sounders(0) vs Houston Dynamo(1)
- Chivas USA(0) vs LA Galaxy(1)
Teams moving forward to next weeks match are as follows:
- Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy
- RSL vs Chicago Fire
I already wrote a post about how I felt after thursday night's game involving Real Salt Lake and the major upset that was with Columbus being knocked out so early. I'm excited for them and I'll be rooting for them in their match against Houston Dynamo. I'll be rooting for them because I do like RSL. They were the closest MLS team to where we used to live and actually one of the first MLS teams I'd ever heard anything about. But i'll mostly be rooting for them because how bad I dislike Chicago after this last weekend beating the Revs 2-0.
I will however admit that Chicago Fire deserved to go onto the semi-finals more than New England did. Of course that makes me cringe typing that as a Revolution fan, but anyone watching that game Saturday night would say the same. Revolution were up 1 in the aggregate going into the match, so I can understand their want to take a more defensive stand, but seriously, you can't play a 90 minute game getting shot at and not have at least 1 of them go in. Even with the amazing keeper Matt Reis, you just can't take those kinds of odds. It wasn't until Chicago's 2nd goal before they actually looked like they were going to attempt anything offensively. Chicago on the other hand was psyched up throughout the whole match. They were down. They knew they had to get 2 to move on and they did it. So for that they deserve to move on.
Another disapointment this weekend was Sounders losing to Dynamo. I was rooting for the rookie team and after their open cup win, I was hoping they would at least have a chance to play in the MLS Cup finals in their home stadium.
I must admit the three games I've written about were exciting to watch but not all that enjoyable. Sometimes they were downright frustrating. Bad ref calls, careless mistakes, poor play made me cringe most of the time. There was one exception to that this weekend and that's the Chivas USA and LA Galaxy match. That was a truly enjoyable match to watch. Both of the teams were playing extremely well. Good pace with strategy. Most of the other 3 games lacked both of those things. Landon Donnovan put in a penalty kick that won that game for LA Galaxy.
So Friday and Saturday starts the next round. Good luck to the teams, we'll be watching and rooting for our favorites. And New England Revolution, we will see you next season in Foxburo.