The Underdog Conference FinalsBy: Kristina | November 15th, 2010
Ah the Conference Finals. The most shocking and entertaining matches of the post season. No one would have predicted that two Western teams would face in the EASTERN Conference final. In the Western Conference was a slight give that LA Galaxy would make it to the final, but no one could predict the outcome. So let’s review…
The Eastern Conference final match. It was a cold and windy night in Colorado who was the host to the San Jose Earthquakes. In the first half San Jose were dominating until a cross that was made by Kimura. Even though it wasn’t intentionally suppose to go in, it still did. Some said it went off of Cummings, but the credit was given to Kimura. San Jose just became unlucky. Every shot they took was saved or misdirected. Maybe the freezing temperatures played a factor to the California boys. In the end Colorado came on top and won with the final score of 1-0.
Now, for the entertaining Western Conference final. The powerhouse vs. the underdogs. LA came out attacking and holding possession in the Dallas half for the most part. The shots were taken to goal, but Kevin Hartman came out on top. Save after save LA didn’t give up. In the 26th minute on a quick breakaway FC Dallas scored. 1-0 at the half. Shot after shot once again didn’t help. About 28 minutes after the first goal FC Dallas scores again. At this point there was no hope for LA even though plenty of time was left. Once more FC Dallas became lucky and sealed the deal with the 3rd and final goal. LA was done. The powerhouse was taken down by the underdogs FC Dallas. The Galaxy team was stunned. In true honesty the better team won FC Dallas.
So what should we expect from the final? We have seen a similar scenario. Let’s go back to 2008 where the better team came on top. It was the brother club of FC Dallas. Yes the Columbus Crew. Will Dallas be like their brother club and outplay Colorado like they did to LA? Now what about Colorado? They represent RBNY because they were the last team to make the playoffs. They just got lucky against the Columbus and San Jose. They would have to thank the soccer gods for getting to the Cup. Will they bring their “A” game?
My final prediction will be FC Dallas winning the whole thing. They have had an unbelievable season and even outplayed both the defending MLS Cup Champs and now the Supporters Shield winners. I guess we have to tune in and see who will be the first time champions. The game will be on ESPN at 8:30pm EST live from BMO Field in Toronto, Canada.