In the Eastern Conference the Northeast rivalry met expectations in a cagey and fast-paced affair. The Revolution took a slim, but crucial, 2-1 lead over the New York Red Bulls with goals from Teal Bunbury and U.S. international Jermaine Jones. The two goals are even more important with away goals now serving as the first tiebreaker in the MLS Cup Playoffs this year. There is still much to play for, with the high-flying Red Bulls’ offensive duo of Frenchmen, Thierry Henry and Peguy Luyindula, able to erase any deficit in a matter of minutes – Golden Boot winner Bradley-Wright Phillips will be unavailable due to yellow card accumulation. Volkswagen MLS MVP candidate Lee Nguyen and the Revolution will look to reverse their last regular season meeting with NY at home, a 2-0 loss in June. The teams will head to Gillette Stadium to face-off in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET (NBCSN, UDN, TSN2, RDS2).
On the other side of the country, the LA Galaxy got one step closer to fulfilling its quest for a fifth MLS Cup title, as the SoCal club beat Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 in front of a home crowd in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship series. A goal from Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas in the 52nd minute was all the advantage the Galaxy needed to see out the game. But with a slim margin for the Sounders to recover from, the second-highest scoring team in MLS this season will remain calm with the dynamic duo of forwards Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins set to take advantage of playing in front of one of the largest fan bases in the league. With just one goal separating the two sides, the opportunity to host MLS Cup 2014 will be up for grabs when the two teams square off again on Sunday, Nov. 30 at CenturyLink Field at 9:00 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, RDS2).
Below is the full 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule.
• New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls – Sat., Nov. 29, 3:00 p.m. ET (NBCSN, UDN, TSN2, RDS2)
• Seattle Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy – Sun., Nov. 30, 9:00 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, RDS2)
MLS Cup 2014
Sunday, December 7 (hosted by finalist with best regular season record)
•Teams TBD – 3:00 p.m. ET (ESPN, UniMas, TSN, and RDS networks) Site TBD