LA 1 – HOU 0: Beckham to Keane to Donovan

Don Garber must be ecstatic. Beckham to Keane to Donovan will be remembered fondly.

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LA 3 – RSL 1: An Unsung Performance

Let’s take a look at some numbers for a little star hiding just outside the limelight.

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HOU 2 – KC 0: High Pressing from Both Squads

Kansas City continued their intense pressing. But Houston produced some high pressure as well.

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HOU 1 – PHI 0: Deep Defending Sees Houston Through

Houston invited Philly forwarded and relied on stout defending to ensure a place in the Conference Finals.

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LA 2 – NYRB 1: If All Else Fails, Work Like a Dog

Becks to Magee is once again the magic formula, and this time it’s enough to send New York on the next flight home.

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Seattle 2 – RSL 0: When a Win Isn’t Enough

Seattle exploits a weakened RSL defense, but couldn’t find the final killer goal to even the aggregate.

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KC 2 – CO 0 (Again): More KC Defensive Pressure (Again)

Kansas City’s pressing earns the club another 2-0 victory.

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Tactics to Watch in KC v CO and HOU v PHI

Two tactics stood out in MLS’ ‘other’ playoff series.

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LA 1 – NY 0: Battle of the Designated Ones

There might have been enough salary on the field to pay a Wall Street executive’s bonus, but it was a little guy named Magee who knocked in the game winner and only goal.

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RSL 3 – Seattle 0: Post-season Experience Speaks

Sure, they scored 3 goals, but RSL’s defensive statistics are what really impress in this no-shots shutout.

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New York 2 – Dallas 0: Shoddy Finishing Dooms Dallas

Dallas kept up a trend: excellent build-up, poor finishing, and a moment of terror from the backline.

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