MLS Playoffs

Bravo sees limited time in Sporting's season-ending loss

Vermes opts for late substitution, but SKC striker can't make impact
Bravo sees limited time in Sporting loss
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Omar Bravo

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – After spending the Eastern Conference Semifinals as an observer, Omar Bravo had to wait all of 85 minutes to make his MLS Cup Playoffs debut on Sunday against the Dynamo.

Keane, Donovan, Birchall switch focus to nat'l team duties

Galaxy to lose trio as FIFA date splits two-week approach to Cup
Duty Calls
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Robbie Keane

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CARSON, Calif. – One day after clinching a spot in MLS Cup, three LA Galaxy players will celebrate by hitting the road.

Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland), Chris Birchall (Trinidad and Tobago) and Landon Donovan (USA) will all depart the club as they will each join their respective national teams.

Keane and Birchall will be gone through at least Nov. 15, while Donovan is slated to return sometime on the weekend.

Monday Postgame: LA, HOU wins set up MLS Cup classic

Historical powerhouses ready to square off in MLS Cup
Postgame: Stage set for a classic Cup
Monday Postgame
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After a pair of dramatic, compelling MLS conference finals, we have a title-game matchup that looks, on paper at least, like a classic favorite against a heavy underdog.

In one corner, there are the Supporters’ Shield–winning, high-profile LA Galaxy, who will be playing in their home stadium. In the other, bloodied but unbowed, stand the underestimated, injury-depleted Houston Dynamo.

Let’s look back at how they got there, and see if this MLS Cup pairing is as lopsided as some would suggest.

Larger HDC field a little too big for Real Salt Lake

RSL looked forward to bigger pitch, but left ruing it after 3-1 loss
HDC field too big for Salt Lake
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Robbie Keane celebrates his goal against RSL

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CARSON, Calif. – In Real Salt Lake’s final preparation ahead of Sunday’s Western Conference Championship match against the LA Galaxy, midfielder Javier Morales talked about how his team would enjoy the bigger confines of The Home Depot Center.

The dimension of the field, he said, would suit RSL’s possession brand of soccer.

It certainly looked that way in the first half of the game, when the visitors found themselves enjoying plenty of space an plenty of the ball and could have gone into the half with a lead rather than a 1-1 tie.

RSL left to rue missed chances in wake of 3-1 defeat

Woodwork tells the story for Claret-and-Cobalt in loss to LA
RSL left to rue missed chances
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Robbie Keane celebrates his goal against RSL

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CARSON, Calif. – In soccer, it’s often not just the goals you score that you remember: It’s also the ones you don’t. The losing team invariably rues missed chances, and that was the case in Sunday 3-1 loss that Real Salt Lake suffered at the hands of the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference Championship.

Kreis: Defeat to Galaxy a microcosm of our season

RSL fall short, but head coach proud of his team's effort vs. LA
Kreis: Loss a microcosm of season
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Mike Magee sneaks past Robbie Russell to score

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CARSON, Calif. – Early domination followed by obstacles to overcome followed by a surge and ending with disappointment. All while keeping a fighting mentality and trying to keep their heads above water.

For Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis, nothing could serve as a better representative of his team's season than their Western Conference Championship defeat to the LA Galaxy on Sunday night.

Morales: “Las lesiones jugaron un gran papel”

El volante argentino destacó el espíritu luchador del Real Salt Lake
Morales: “Las lesiones jugaron un gran papel”
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Mike Magee and Javier Morales do battle

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CARSON, Calif. – A Real Salt Lake se le acabo la temporada, dejando a Javier Morales  a un partido de levantar la Copa MLS. Pero después de lo que vivió el jugador esta temporada cuando sufrió una fractura que lo alejó de las canchas por más de cinco meses y junto con las lesiones de los zagueros centrales, el argentino dijo que es aún más meritorio haber llegado a la instancia final del Oeste.

RSL lo da todo pero no le alcanza

Cuadro monarca se despide de la temporada 2011 con la frente en alto
RSL lo da todo pero no le alcanza
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CARSON, Calif. – En una temporada tan larga y tan fuerte como la de la MLS, algunos equipos sufren altibajos a lo largo de esta. Justamente ese fue el caso del Real Salt Lake, que este domingo cayó derrotado 3-1 a manos del L.A. Galaxy en la final de la Conferencia del Oeste. Los jugadores del equipo vinotinto se van a casa, pero no sin antes reconocer que se perdió ante un gran rival y que el equipo luchó hasta el último minuto.

Robbie Keane deslumbró ante RSL

El Jugador Franquicia del Galaxy mostró todo su potencial en la final de la Conferencia Oeste
Keane deslumbró ante RSL
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Robbie Keane scores past Jamison Olave

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CARSON, Calif. – La razón por la que equipos profesionales alrededor del mundo quieren poner su dinero en estrellas de la profesión es porque estos jugadores dan resultados que ningún otro atleta puede ofrecer.

LA's Donovan: We knew we had it after Magee's goal

Week of hard work repaid with a trip to MLS Cup final
Onward And Upward
Galaxy March On
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Mike Magee celebrates after scoring vs. RSL

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CARSON, Calif. – An appearance in MLS Cup 2011 might be the culmination of a tremendous season for the LA Galaxy, but Sunday’s 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake was the team’s reward for a week’s worth of hard work.

The Galaxy won their third match in eight days by beating RSL and will now play host to Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup on Nov. 20.

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