Once again this last weekend was another big one for MLS fans as the MLS Cup semi finals were underway. The matches also determined conference champions. In the West it was Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy and for the East it was Real Salt Lake vs Chicago Fire.These were certainly no ordinary games.
We'll start with Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy. This was a difficult match to catch on the East coast, as the game started 11:30 PM ET. But I was diligant and stayed up to watch the match. A game being held on Friday the 13th, something strange just had to happen right? About half way through the first half the lights went out for 18 minutes. That's right, the stadium went completely dark other than some ad banners and some emergency lights. The game was delayed, which actually allowed the LA Galaxy to get their defence back into shape. I was turned off by the delay but watched through as the second half began. But that didn't last long as the second blackout began I knew I couldn't stay up any longer and had to catch the results in the morning. LA put in 2 in overtime which meant Galaxy earned their spot to the MLS Cup finals.
The RSL vs Chicago Fire game didn't have any power outages or anything strange other than the fact that RSL held off Chicago Fire 0-0 through the game, lasted 2 overtimes and won in a shoot off. It was a very intense game with a lot of really great plays and shots, but both teams did a fantastic job. I was particularly impressed with SLC keeper. There were a lot of situations that could have lost them the game if it wasn't for him. Especially when it came down to the shoot off.
So the MLS Cup Championship gets underway November 22nd at 8:30 PM ET. I was disapointed in a lot of the results in the MLS playoffs, but I'm a fan of this end result. I respect LA and really enjoy watching them and I enjoy rooting for RSL, so I'm happy to know that regardless of what happens I like the teams who have made it.
I personally think LA has this in the bag, but RSL have really shocked the crowds as they have delivered upset after upset. After barely squeeking into the playoffs they have put out some top-notch team. If they could do the same to LA that would certainly be epic.