Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC advance to MLS Conference Finals

KANSAS CITY 2 COLORADO 0 - Sporting KC wins 4-0 on aggregate goals
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There will be a new champion in Major League Soccer this year. The Colorado Rapids were eliminated from the MLS postseason today following their second consecutive 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City. Injuries were something that the Rapids dealt with all year long, but in addition to the losses of Jamie Smith (torn ACL) and Pablo Mastroeni (concussion), Colorado lost Caleb Folan (sprained knee/ankle), Kosuke Kimura (fractured foot) and Drew Moor (separated shoulder) in the first leg, and just didn't have enough horses left to make another run. French defender Aurélien Collin deflected in a free kick by Graham Zusi in the first half, and rookie C.J. Sapong headed in another Zusi free kick in the second to remove any doubt of Sporting's advancement to the Eastern Conference Finals. Kansas City will take on the winner of the Houston Dynamo - Philadelphia Union matchup which will conclude tomorrow. The Dynamo currently own a 2-1 aggregate lead.

SEATTLE 2 SALT LAKE 0 - Real Salt Lake wins 3-2 on aggregate goals
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Seattle completely dominated the run of play in the second leg outshooting Real Salt Lake 22-4 and forcing goalkeeper Nick Rimando into making 13 saves, but the three goals they allowed in the first leg were just too much to overcome. Osvaldo Alonso got the Sounders on the board with a penalty and five minutes later Lamar Neagle made things really interesting with a goal of his own, but the Sounders couldn't put a third shot past Rimando and fell just short. With the win, Real Salt Lake will advance to the Western Conference Finals where they will take on the winner of the Los Angeles - New York series. The Galaxy currently lead 1-0 with the second leg set for tomorrow night.

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