I'm not going to lie, I didn’t think MLS could be this exciting. Maybe it has to do with the fact that we didn’t have a losing day. Honestly though, it could just be that the level of football is starting to gradually increase.
Portland came out on a mission in that second leg against the Whitecaps. It's hard to explain; but like I said in my last article, there is just so much pressure being at home in an elimination game knowing that giving up a goal puts you down 2-0. That's exactly what Vancouver did. As soon as the Whitecaps gave up the goal you saw heads hanging and the looks on their faces said it all, they just looked completely demoralized. Thank goodness we took the other side, in reality it was the only way to play this game.
On the other hand, the Columbus vs. Montreal game could have and should have gone over. It was most definitely the type of game I expected. Columbus pushed forward early and got the goal they needed as the Impact obviously looked like they were trying to sit on the lead they had built in the first leg. The final score in regulation was 2-1 which left us at a push. The player who I thought would be an x-factor was really non-existent in the match. It's hard to find big games that Didier Drogba doesn't show up in, sadly this was one of them.
All four teams in the semis expected to be here. They all had good seasons and are ready to prove themselves to the rest of the MLS. That means picking these games won't be easy. As always, I'm up for the challenge.
New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew (Over 2.5 -120): Both of these teams have firepower and neither are afraid to get into an up and down, fast paced match. With the likes of Kei Kamara (Crew) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (Red Bulls), look for both teams to attack relentlessly until the point of exhaustion. This late in the season these games are usually decided by simple mental mistakes that players usually wouldn't make if there wasn't so much on the line. Crew 3 Red Bulls 1
Portland Timbers (0.5 +115) vs. FC Dallas: Let me explain why I have to keep riding the Timbers gravy train. Not only are they a team that has the experience, but in my opinion they have one of the best home-field advantages in the league. Every single time I turn on a Timbers game on TV it is either a sell out or really close to it. They also have a young man by the name of Fanendo Adi who’s been a stud all season and doesn't seem to be cooling off any time soon. I see a tight match throughout with Portland squeaking out a win at the end. Timbers 1 FC Dallas 0
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