The Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo won their preliminary round matches, and will host the #1 ranked teams in their respective conferences this weekend. Portland will travel to CenturyLink Field on Saturday, November 2, and Red Bull NY will visit BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, November 3.
Portland and Seattle are each 1-1-1 against one another in their three previous meetings this season.
In Houston on Halloween night, Will Bruin opened the scoring for the Dynamo with a give-and-go "wall pass" with Ricardo Clark, who back-heeled it back to the streaking Bruin. Will Bruin one-touched the return pass past Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins to give the Dynamo a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. Later, in the 27th minute, Montreal's Hernan Bernardello of Argentina blatantly pulled down Houston's Boniek Garcia of Honduras in the penalty box for a clear penalty kick. Boniek Garcia waved off team captain Brad Davis and put the PK away himself to double the Dynamo lead. Finally, in the 72nd minute, with Montreal pushing forward, Will Bruin beat all the Montreal defenders and dribbled around Troy Perkins to score his second goal and make the final score 3-0. Houston finished the game with only 8 players, following 3 red cards, but their season was over anyway.
Red Bull NY has beaten Houston in all three previous meetings this season.
Photo: Brad Evans celebrates his goal on Wednesday, MLS via twitter
31 October, 2013
This one just got way out of hand. Benzema and Bale with a brace EACH and 2 assists each and Ronaldo nets a hat-trick in this affront to defense. Real wins 7-3 in this mid-week matchup.
28 October, 2013
Ten MLS teams make the playoffs, with the #4 and #5 teams in each conference, East and West, playing in a one-game knockout preliminary round. The survivors will then join the top 3 teams in each conference in the quarterfinal round (conference semifinals) for a home-and-home aggregate series. The four conference finalists will meet for another home-and-home series to determine who goes to the one-game MLS Cup final, to be played on December 7 at the home of the team with the better regular season record. This is only the second time in MLS history that the MLS Cup final will not be held at a predetermined neutral site.
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