November 8th, 2011
MLS Play-Offs: What You Need To Know
Image: Kyle Rivas/Getty Images North America.
For those Kickettes who reside outside the United States of America, the celebratory shenanigans above might imply that Houston Dynamos have just won the World Cup. They haven’t, of course. They’re not eligible.
Images: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America, Bauer Griffin.
In fact, they’ve just beaten Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the final of the MLS Eastern Conference Cup, which earns them the right to face the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Centre on 20th November. The Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 last Sunday to qualify as winners of the Western Conference Cup.
Why is this important? Well, aside from the fact that we’ve just gotten round to covering the MLS on what could be described as a ‘regular’ basis, this is probably the last opportunity you might have to witness David Beckham lifting some silverware in any real ‘playing’ capacity. Davey B’s contract is up after this and if the press speculation is to be believed, his next role is likely to be largely ambassadorial.
So even if the MLS hasn’t rung your bell all season, why not check out the final? If for no other reason than the winners are almost guaranteed to take some clothing off.