Jay and Matthew break down the MLS playoff match-ups this weekend with a few bullets.
Western Conference Final:
» Ferreira, Hernandez, and Hartman anchor a young team that has overachieved all season long.
» Buddle, Beckham, and the defense have gotten on a hot streak at exactly the right time. Landon Donovan is even showing his quality without getting on the scoresheet.
LA 2 – Dallas 1
»The Momentum Fairy just paid a visit to Los Angeles at the right time.
» Your x-factor? Junior Carnavaro aka AJ DeLaGarza. With David Beckham trailing the play and launching long ball and effectively tucking in to become a third central midfielder with Kovalenko and Juninho, L.A. may not man-mark David Ferreira all that well but they’ll clog the midfield to slow his link play.
DeLaGarza will be key in terms of his deciding when to push forward, but also track down errant Jeff Cunningham runs.
» For Dallas to win this one, they’ll need to be every bit as good as they were against Real Salt Lake in the 1st half last week and really open up the flanks. Brek Shea will need to be a constant threat.
L.A 2 – Dallas 0
Eastern Conference Final:
» Convey and Wondolowski vs. Casey and Cummings. Casey and Cummings will almost assuredly get one goal, and Wondolowski will capitalize on any chance.
» Colorado’s defense stood firm against a Columbus onslaught in the second leg; Busch was outstanding against New York. The Rapids hit every single one of their penalty kicks against the Crew.
Colorado 1 – San Jose 1, Colorado wins on PKs
» Marvell Wynne makes a mistake in this one and Giovanni or Wondolowski makes him pay. Mark it.
» San Jose is playing with no fear right now and Colorado showed some gumption but nevertheless had a hard time finishing off Columbus.
» The better, on-form keeper prevails
Colorado 1 – San Jose 1, San Jose wins on PKs