Playoffs? You Wanna Talk MLS Playoffs? Premier Edition

10 enter. 1 leaves. Who ya got? (image: MLSsoccer.com)

Hey Hey! Whip out your short memories Fire fans. The season’s over, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy some more American footy.

This is the first edition of a series we’ll run this month on the MLS playoffs. What are we gonna do? It’s simple. Scott, Stephen, and perhaps some other fanatic friends will offer brief thoughts and predictions for you to mull over and respond to. The latter is key. Let’s get a contentious conversation going! All you’ve got to do is leave a comment! Make your voice heard!

So, let’s get ‘er rollin’ with Scott and Stephen’s thoughts on LA’s 2-1 win over Vancouver and see their predictions for this weekend’s conference semifinal games. Onward!

HIT THE PLAYOFF MUSIC!!!

Western Conference Knockout Match: Los Angeles 2 vs. Vancouver 1

Magee & Donovan: Low five and we’re still alive. (photo: sbnation.com)

Scott’s musings…

Jay DeMerit is a warrior. Bruce Arena needs to lay off the Krispy Kremes. Landon Donovan got a 9.8 from the judges. Robbie Keane was lucky not to get his face smashed in by Andy O’Brien. Beckham’s head was so far up Referee Petrescu’s ass, it was amazing he could still see straight – straight enough to serve a fine cross to Mike Magee for a blazing volley to goal that is. LA’s gonna have probs with San Jose. Credit to Vancouver – if not for a shit penalty call, they may have made it through.

Stephen’s real talk…

The Scottish guys are a bust. (In fact, the faster teams rid themselves of British influence, the better.) Mattocks is a player, don’t know why he was removed. LA have firepower, so they’ll always be dangerous even when not playing so well. Omar Gonzalez isn’t at his best, which means the LA midfield and defense don’t defend so well. San Jose should get joy from going straight at these guys – which is just their style.

Western Conference Semifinals – Leg One

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake, Friday 11/2 at 9pm cst

Scott: Real grinds out a 1-1 draw in Sea-town vs. an Eddie Johnson-less Sounders squad. Joy!

Stephen: Seattle wins 2-0 in front of a raucous crowd of 60,000+. Bold/stupid prediction = Zakuani stars.

LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes, Sunday 11/4 at 8pm cst

Scott: A back and forth 2-2 draw, which won’t bode well for the glamour boys once they head north to Buck Shaw Stadium.

Stephen: San Jose wins 2-1. Bash Brothers Gordon and Lenhart disrupt LA defense.

Eastern Conference Semifinals – Leg One

DC United vs. New York Red Bulls, Saturday 11/3 at 7pm cst

Scott: Ben Olson gets work done and shuts out Henry and company 1-0.

Stephen: Party boy Chris Pontius is the key man as DC wins 2-0.

Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City, Sunday 11/4 at 2:30pm cst

 Scott: Another grinder. A 1-1 draw that will set the stage for a battle of epic proportions at Dopestrong Park.

Stephen: I think it’s 1-2 to SKC. Kamara runs riot.

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So there you have it. What did you think of the LA/Vancouver match? What are your predictions for the semis? Chime in below!

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