So far, this MLS Cup playoffs has gone well. The Columbus Crew are out and the New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy dream final the MLS usually craves for is a semifinal. As mentioned before, LA must lose at all costs. This retarded new wild-card round hilariously backfired on MLS and now New York once again is playing in the Western Conference bracket. You see, in recent years the MLS experienced bizarre scenarios in which teams scraping by to make the post-season would be switching conferences. They tried to fix it by having the top 3 teams from each conference automatically qualify, with four wild cards regardless of conference making up the remainder of the field. The WCs would have a one-game playoffs in the “higher seeded” team’s home ground and the winners of those matches would play the top seeds of the West and East. New York beat Dallas and Colorado beat Columbus, so New York is in the Western Conference and Colorado is in the Eastern Conference. I can’t make this up.
Anyways, here’s the schedule with announcer assignments for the two-legged part of the playoffs. The formatting credit goes to this Union fan.
Eastern Conference Semifinals
#1 Sporting Kansas City vs. #4 Colorado Rapids
Leg 1: October 30: Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids 7:00 PM ET (FSC – JP Dellacamera and Kyle Martino)
Leg 2: November 2: Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City 8:00 PM ET (FSC – JP Dellacamera and Kyle Martino)
#2 Houston Dynamo vs. #3 Philadelphia Union
Leg 1: October 30: Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union 5:00 PM ET (ESPN2 – Rob Stone and Taylor Twellman)
Leg 2: November 3: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo 8:30 PM ET (ESPN2 – Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman)
Western Conference Semifinals
#1 Los Angeles Galaxy vs. #4 New York Red Bulls
Leg 1: October 30: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls 3:00 PM ET (ESPN2 – Adrian Healey and John Harkes)
Leg 2: November 3: New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy 11:00 PM ET (ESPN2 – Ian Darke and John Harkes, SR: Rob Stone)
#2 Seattle Sounders vs. #3 Real Salt Lake
Leg 1: October 29: Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake 10:00 PM ET (FSC – JP Dellacamera and Kyle Martino)
Leg 2: November 2: Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders 10:00 PM ET (ESPN2 – Adrian Healey and John Harkes)
GO ANYONE BUT THE GALAXY!