20 posts and not even near the soccer hate we saw in the past, Progress is being
Sanford, I agree 100% with your last comment. It doesn't make any sense at all
that opening rounds are aggregate and the semis and the final are a single
match. But trying to figure out MLS' playoff structure is like trying to figure
out how the BCS works.
Brave and Caleb, I understand the problem with a best of 3, that is why it
should be a one and done. It seems weird that the first round is a two game
aggregate, but the semis and final are one and done.
The officiating was lopsided in many ways. We could not get organized because
they would cheap shot us and not get the call. We ended up just clearing it out
of the backfield to rest. When a team attacks as much as sounders were should
have the fouls to show for it, but the inverse occured. Sounders fans thought it
was great but a lover of good soccer could see this was leaning toward the
sounders from the outset. Even the penalty kick could have gone either way. Who
grabbed who first in that? I was shocked the first goal was disallowed but I
guess it was to obvious of a foul.Good luck RSL against MLS Media
Congrats to RSL! The only reason I'm a fan is because I was foreign exchange
student in Mexico City during the World Cup in 1986. It was a blast.Watching the game was frustrating to say the least. Playing a defensive game
was smart but I would have loved to have seen at least one goal from RSL in this
one. Great fans in Seattle.
Advancing is what matters most. RSL did it. Hopefully they can regroup for the
@SanfordI appreciate what you're saying, but a multi-game series
wouldn't work in soccer. It's too physically demanding of a game - you can't
play back-to-back like in baseball or basketball. There has to be time between
games. Think of how bad the NFL playoffs would drag if every matchup was a
3-game series. Not even the World Cup Final has multiple matches.What I like about the aggregate scoring model is that neither team can afford
to take their foot off the gas, ever. Even in a blowout, you have to keep
playing hard. Imagine if RSL had called off the dogs up 2-0 on Seattle at home
with 5 minutes to play - they wouldn't have scored that 3rd goal. Seattle's 2-0
win last night would have sent the game into overtime and Seattle likely would
have won. I think it's awesome that a "meaningless" goal late in a
blowout ended up being the difference in the series.
Playing not to lose puts you in a losing position. A high school team could play
better than RSL played last night. Where was the control this team has had the
last part of the season?
@Portland Trail Blazers,Kind of sad that you're trying to start
something with basketball fans. Just because most of us don't understand what
the big deal is about soccer, isn't a reason to start an argument.Enjoy the win and have a Capri Sun on me.
@ Sanford - There was only one game that RSL won 3-2. RSL was ahead 3-0 at
halftime and Seattle came back and almost tied it up.While not
impossible, longer series, such as a 3 game series, are difficult to pull off
for soccer and are definitely more difficult to pull off for soccer than for
basketball or baseball because longer recovery times between games for the
players is necessary in soccer. One soccer match has a greater toll on the
player's body than one basketball game or one baseball game does. Under the
current MLS and international rules, each team has a limited amount of subs (3)
available to a team during a game. With so much running for the players
occurring during a typical soccer game, the teams need three or more days of
rest between games.A longer series in soccer would therefore be far
more dragged out than a longer series for basketball or football.
Or, to look at it another way, imagine a long drawn out seven game series we are
so familiar with in major sports compressed into a two game series, with each
team having one game of home field advantage. In case of a tie (each team wins
one game) the tiebreaker is who scored the most total goals. This certainly
encourages full effort play through an entire match, because one extra goal can
be so valuable in the long run. It avoids the "garbage" time you see
at the end of an NBA blowout.The last fifteen minutes last night we
some of the most frenetic action I've ever seen! And a 4-5-1 defense..?
WOW!Kudos to Keller for a great save on Espindola at the end; great
way to end a career and keep the Sounders alive to the very end.
It would be much better if it were a one game win and advance or a best 2 out of
I think the best way to think of aggregate scoring is to explain it that there
was only one game in the RSL-Sounders matchup, with the first half of the game
played at RSL's stadium and the second half of the game played at Seattle's
stadium.So even though RSL lost the second half, they still won the
game.That was a pretty soft penalty for Seattle's first goal but it
definitely added to the drama at the end when Seattle had 30 minutes to get the
The beautiful thing about aggregate scoring is that it takes into consideration
your play throughout the whole series, rather than just a game at a time. In
the end, Seattle was punished for giving up a goal in the 88th minute when they
were already down 2-0, giving RSL a 3-2 win overall.Yeah, RSL did not play
great last night, but it was something that they were able to do because of how
well they played at home the game before.
Seattle is weak - - played that way Sat. night. Last night the Sounders played
like a bunch of pansies all game long - - touch them and they fall, look at them
wrong and they wince like they've been punched in the gut, looking for every
opportunity to get fouls / cards on RSL hoping the referee would honor home
field advantage. That is not the way American Footbol should be played. Glad it
worked out for RSL - - to give the center backs more rest. I hope at least 1
will be able to play in the next game - maybe both. Go Red Bulls -
would love to have another one here at Rio Tinto.
@Howardits aggregate scoring. RSL won 3-0 in the first game. So,
they essentially started last night's game with a 3-0 lead. Since Seattle only
won by 2, RSL advances.
@HelloooMLS rewards strong regular seasons of teams by merging the
table at the end and giving spots 7-10 wildcards rather than seeding them in
their conference like NHL and NBA do. This is better because it eliminates many
bad teams that could sneak in like they do in the NBA and NHL and allows the
teams that play in the better conference in.RSL won the East and NY
have won the west in previous years I believe
Wait... what?RSL loses but they advance?This is indeed a
weird kicky ball activity.
I admit to knowing little about soccer, but RSL deserves congratulations
nonetheless. However, how can a league be taken seriously that has New York in
the Western Conference?
Kind of sad that real got a championship before the jazz
That was quite a header Beltran came up with, saving what looked to be a sure
goal by Seattle in the first half.