This weekend’s playoff action will kick off with New York Red Bulls looking to make it to the Conference Championship round for the first time since 2008, after the club put in a dominate performance in its 2-0 home win over D.C. United this past Sunday. New York Captain Thierry Henry provided spectacular assists on both goals, first with a clever back-heel pass on forward Bradley Wright-Phillips’ opening tally and a pin-perfect long ball in behind United’s back line for Peguy Luyindula who put the game away in the 73rd minute. The Red Bulls now head to RFK Stadium looking to complete the upset on Saturday,
Sunday will feature a playoff double-header, starting with the conclusion of the entertaining series between New England Revolution and Columbus Crew. In the first leg this past Saturday at Crew Stadium, the Revs shocked the home crowd by defeating Columbus 4-2, led by a brace from forward Charlie Davies. New England now heads home with four crucial away tallies. Despite salvaging two goals, the Crew will have a mountain to climb when they take on the Revs on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 5:00 p.m. MT at Gillette Stadium (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, TSN2).
Sunday’s back-to-back action will continue with the second leg matchup between LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, TSN2, RDS2). After playing to an entertaining scoreless draw at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, which included a fantastic goalkeeping performance from Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, LA will look to make the most of its home field advantage. LA only lost one match at home throughout the 2014 regular season, which fittingly came at the hands of Real Salt Lake in the season opener on March 8, a 1-0 defeat..
The Conference Semifinals will come to a close on Monday, Nov. 10, when Supporters’ Shield and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup winners, Seattle Sounders FC, welcome FC Dallas to CenturyLink Field at 10:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, UDN, TSN2, RDS2). The two clubs battled to a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Toyota Stadium, with FC Dallas midfielder Michel remaining perfect on spot kicks after converting a PK in the 34th minute to take a 1-0 lead. Seattle was not be outdone, however, fighting back in the second half to equalize when midfielder Osvaldo Alonso headed home a free kick. Seattle will gladly take the road goal into its meeting at CenturyLink Field, where the Sounders post a three-game regular season win streak against FC Dallas, recording its only home loss to the Hoops in 2011.