Wednesday, November 09, 2005

MLS Conference Championship Wrap

So I'm a little late this week doing this, sorry. I'll make it real quick. In Colorado, Landon Donovan (pictured) proved again why there is so much hype around him. Both his goals were nice, but that second one was just fantastic. Beating defender after defender, stumbling and recovering and then putting it all snug into the corner of the goal left even the most anti-LA fan impressed with what they just witnessed. For Colorado, they never really attacked with much force. The team didn't even seem to be awake till substitute Fabrice Noel came on in the 65th. Jeff Cunningham did look good in the final ten minutes, but other then that, he was not much of a factor. Some of this is the fault of the Rapids, but LA's defense looked stronger then normal on the night. This was a good outing for LA as they got only their second win away from the LA area this year. Colorado 0 - 2 LA

With the battle for the West over and done, all eyes turned Eastward as the Chicago Fire hoped some White Sox magic would rub off on them and let them dismiss the Revolution. However, New England got things going early when Shalrie Joseph spit a ball in front of the goal Clint Dempsey tackled the ball into net. Just four minutes in and the Revs were on top. The Fire did not panic, but they never seemed to get it going. Their passing seemed to fall apart on NE's side of the field. For the Revs, there were a few more opportunities, but they were never enough. As time ticked by, the match became more and more heated. Then, in second half added time, it looked like the Fire had got their equalizer, but the linesman rightly called offside. This was when emotions got the best of Chicago, thus assuring that they would not have another chance on goal in the final couple minutes. So New England won, but then it almost got ugly. A host of Chicago players started getting physical with the Revs while NE was trying to celebrate. It was really a horrible turn of events that the Chicago organization should be ashamed of. Thankfully it did not get out of control, but it was still a bad episode. I understand that the Fire thought they were cheated out of a goal (but they weren't), but you do not go after the other team's players. A bad end to a good season for the Fire. NE 1 - 0 Chicago

So how did I do at predicting these two games?

Playoff predictions
Game (my guess) Final Score
Colorado - LA (1-3) 0-2
NE - Chicago (2-0) 1-0

Post-season total: 6-4

The good news for me, no matter what happens on Sunday, I will be above .500 for the playoffs.



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