MLS Playoffs Live: Colorado Hosts Columbus

In “the other wild card” game, two offensive lineman type soccer clubs come together, again.

Reigning champs Colorado have swept the flakes off their pitch to host Abercrombie FC, the Crew(necks.)

Kimura (left), if you didn't know, is Japanese....ironically...

First, some odds:

• 25 to 1: Will Hesmer scores or gets an assist

• 30 to 1: Marvell Wynne, own goal.

• 15 to 1: An Andres Mendoza goal celebration is the talk of the Internet tomorrow.

• 2 to 1: It is noted by the announcers that likely Colorado Rapids starter Kosuke Kimura “is Japanese” or “is from Japan.”

• 1 to 2: At least one player leaves with a pulled hamstring

• 10 to 1: At least one player leaves with a serious injury of another kind.

• 5 to 1: Rich Balchan is called the next Frankie Hedjuk

• 1 to 50:  A notable American soccer “celebrity” grouses about the playoff format.

• 2 to 1: Colorado wins in regulation

• 9 to 1: Columbus wins on penalty kicks

• 2 to 1: Wells Thompson makes the sign of the cross at least twice

• 5 to 1: Pablo Mastroeni yellow card

• 10 to 1: Pablo Mastroeni yellow card…in the 1st half.

• 30 to 1: More than one Twitter joke than Anthony Wallace’s head-vs-body reminds someone of Beetlejuice. (Note: Wallace is out for the year with knee surgery.)

• 45 to 1: Omar Cummings blows passed Chad Marshall for the 1st score.

• 20 to 1: Omar Cummings yellow card for flop in the box.

• 35 to 1: Charlie Davies says on Twitter that Cummings was hauled down and the card should go the other way.

• 75 to 1: Omar Gonzalez RT’s with a “N-O” in front of Charlie Davies tweet.


Wildcard game #2 about to get blustery at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Line-ups shortly.



7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by JW on 2011/10/27 at 7:10 PM

    NIPPON! NIPPON! (Japanese side of the family is from Colorado, large community out there)


  2. Posted by acoupstick on 2011/10/27 at 7:31 PM

    If MLS truly wants to grow its brand, it might consider actually televising playoff games. Just sayin.


  3. Posted by Crow on 2011/10/27 at 7:52 PM

    • 2 to 1: It is noted by the announcers that likely Colorado Rapids starter Kosuke Kimura “is Japanese” or “is from Japan.”

    Bill Simmons wishes he could write stuff this good. I joined the game late- has it been mentioned yet?

    By the way- poor showing Colorado fans! I’m getting sick of seeing all of these empty seats at Columbus, Dallas, and Colorado games. There are other cities that would support the team much better!


    • Posted by BW on 2011/10/28 at 6:28 PM

      i’m a rapids fan and was at the game. i think the last minute chance to host, cold weather, 8pm week night start and the fact that they raised the prices for playoffs for a venue with already consistently low attendance is why. but yeah, it’s sad that the team is rewarded with an audience of empty seats for the ‘most important’ game of the season.


  4. Posted by dth on 2011/10/27 at 8:48 PM

    Sunday is shaping up to be a highly entertaining MLS day.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/10/28 at 7:36 PM

      Although I bet the MLS executives thought [and wanted] the LA-NY match-up as the Final…

      Will the NYRBs have the same coach next season?


  5. Posted by dikranovich on 2011/10/28 at 5:11 AM

    so omar cummings scores a goal on 45 mins. pretty spooky. of course marvell wynne doesnt score an own goal and of course the game really counts and he does not allow one either. and the assist goes to the japanese.


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