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30Nov/140

Seattle vs. LA Galaxy: Live Score, Highlights from MLS Game

Western Conference Final Second Leg--CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seattle 2-1 LA (LA advances to the MLS Cup Final on a 2-2 aggregate due to away goals)  Goals: Brad Evans (SEA) 27'; Clint Dempsey (SEA) 32'; Juninho (LA) 54'  Seattle: Frei, Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez, Evans, Alonso (Azira 74'), Pineda (Rose 75'), Neagle (Pappa 79'), Dempsey, Martins  LA: Penedo, Gargan, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Rogers, Ishizaki (Gordon 74'), Sarvas, Juninho (Husidic 87'), Donovan, Keane, Zardes    Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90. Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com
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30Nov/140

Charlie Davies Ignites Revolution & Authors Sad End(?) to Thierry Henry’s Career

In New York, they know all too well that the greatest players do not always get blessed with the greatest endings. Just recently, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's career ended in uncharacteristically quiet fashion. Jeter's Yankees, so often a fixture in the Major League Baseball playoffs, did not qualify in his last season. Where superstars are concerned, fans want the ending to The Natural, but more often than not they get the ending to Friday Night Lights. Charlie Davies' brace powered the New England Revolution into the MLS Cup final. Given the circumstances, Davies' performance in this match and in these playoffs should have been the main story. After scoring only three goals for the Revs in 18 regular-season appearances, Davies has hit for four in the playoffs, including the two goals that put the Revs into the final. But Davies did not only turn the brightest lights on for New England, who now await an opponent (either the Los Angeles Galaxy or the Seattle Sounders) in the final. Davies may have extinguished one of the brightest lights Major League Soccer has in the process. Thierry Henry's eternal fame was created at Arsenal. When a club as storied as Arsenal immortalizes you in bronze, there ...
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30Nov/140

Charlie Davies Inspires New England Revolution’s Relentless Drive to Win

The New England Revolution advanced to the MLS Cup final following a 4-3 aggregate victory over the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference championship. Charlie Davies was the hero who helped New England advance with two goals in the game. Just like his team, he has returned to top form after overcoming hardship. New England hasn't been to an MLS Cup final since 2007. Since then, the Revolution have only made it as far as the conference semifinals. They also missed the playoffs between 2010-12. The Revs were underachievers. But since Jay Heaps took over as head coach, they've become one of the most dynamic teams in the league. Davies was also at the top of his game up until 2009, just before New England's decline began. The striker was a member of the U.S. men's national team and contributed to its eventual qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, in June of 2009, Davies was involved in a horrific car accident in Washington, D.C. He suffered a broken fibula, tibia, torn ligaments in his knee, severe head trauma and a lacerated bladder, plus numerous minor injuries. It was a near-death experience, and this tragic crash kept the American out of the World Cup—and ...
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29Nov/140

New England vs. New York: Winners and Losers from MLS Playoff Game

The New England Revolution advanced to the MLS Cup Final with a 2-2 draw at home against the New York Red Bulls Saturday. The result handed New England the series victory on a 4-3 aggregate.  Charlie Davies was the main star for the Revolution, as he provided a brace in between New York goals scored by Tim Cahill and Peguy Luyindula.  The Revolution, who are in the final for the fifth time in franchise history, will play either the Seattle Sounders or LA Galaxy on the road on December 7. Here's a look at the winners and losers from the Eastern Conference Final second leg.Begin Slideshow
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29Nov/140

New England vs. New York: Score, Grades and Reaction from MLS Game

New England 2-2 New York (New England win 4-3 on aggregate) Charlie Davies scored twice as New England twice came from behind to ensure their place in the MLS Cup final next weekend and ruin what could be Thierry Henry's last professional match. Tim Cahill had pulled New York back into the Eastern Conference semi-final when his 26th-minute opener made it 2-2 on aggregate. But Davies gave the home side the advantage once more three minutes before the interval in a savage psychological blow to New York. However, seven minutes into the second period, Peguy Luyindula restored New York's advantage, and the visitors looked set to build on the momentum and claim another goal to reach the final. With 20 minutes left, though, Davies headed home a tremendous Chris Tierney cross to send New England through. It was a sad end for Henry, too, with his New York contract set to end at the end of the season. Cahill came into the New York side in place of the suspended Bradley Wright-Phillips, but the big question for many of the visiting fans was whether this would be the last-ever game of Henry's career. Kevin Alston was drafted into the New England starting XI, with Chris Tierney pushing into ...
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29Nov/140

New England vs. New York: Live Score, Highlights from MLS Game

MLS Eastern Conference Final Second Leg--Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.  New England 2-2 New York (New England Advances 4-3 on Aggregate) Goals: Tim Cahill (NY) 26', Charlie Davies (NE) 42', 71', Peguy Luyindula (NY) 53'  New England: Shuttleworth, Alston, Soares, Goncalves, Farrell, Caldwell, Jones, Tierney, Nguyen, Bunbury, Davies (Rowe 84')  New York: Robles, Eckersley, Olave, Sekagya (Lade 86'), Oyongo, McCarty, Alexander, Sam, Luyindula, Henry, Cahill   Follow Joe on Twitter: @JTansey90. Read more MLS news on BleacherReport.com
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28Nov/140

Thierry Henry Has to Stay Hot If the New York Red Bulls Want to Advance

Thierry Henry is still making an impact on his club, the New York Red Bulls, at the age of 37. However, the Red Bulls are down 2-1 on aggregate against the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference final. New York will need the ex-France international to continue to excel if they want to finally claim the MLS Cup. Henry has typically underwhelmed in the playoffs. However, despite not scoring, the Frenchman has recorded four assists, all of them crucial to New York's postseason run.  Henry assisted Bradley Wright-Phillips' first goal against Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference knockout round to tie the match in the 77th minute. The veteran was involved in all three of Wright-Phillips' tallies in the conference semifinals against D.C. United as well. This past weekend in the first leg versus the Revolution, Henry wasn't as noticeable. Despite that, the Red Bulls are only down 2-1, but New England has two away goals, meaning New York has to rely on their star designated player. Golden Boot winner Wright-Phillips is suspended for the second leg, which puts extra pressure on Henry to deliver the goods. The forward will be playing his first game at Gillette Stadium, which has a turf surface ...
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28Nov/140

Seattle vs. LA Galaxy: Key Issues and Decisions That Will Shape MLS Game

For the fourth time since October 19, the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy will take to the pitch in a crucial Western Conference clash. This time around, a berth in the MLS Cup Final on December 7 is on the line.  After the first leg of the Western Conference Final, the Galaxy hold a slim 1-0 lead over the Sounders, who bested them at the end of the regular season to win the Supporters' Shield.  Although they were kept out of the away-goals column in the first leg, the Sounders carry a distinct home-field advantage into Sunday's second leg.  Here's a look at the key issues and decisions that will shape the second leg at CenturyLink Field. Begin Slideshow
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28Nov/140

New England vs. New York: Key Issues and Decisions That Will Shape MLS Game

The first spot in the 2014 MLS Cup Final will be handed out Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, when the New England Revolution host the New York Red Bulls.  Jay Heaps' Revolution hold a 2-1 advantage on aggregate after netting two away goals at Red Bull Arena in the first leg Sunday.  As if New York needed something else to not go in its favor, it will be without Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips due to a yellow-card suspension he picked up in the first leg.  Here's a look at the key issues and decisions that will shape this MLS playoff match. Begin Slideshow
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27Nov/140

Why LA Galaxy vs. New England Would Be Best MLS Cup Final

Two results this weekend will determine the participants in the 2014 MLS Cup final. Los Angeles and New England hold leads in their respective series entering the weekend, but there is no guarantee either side will make the final.  If fans of the league want to see the best MLS Cup possible, they will be rooting for those two teams to finish off Seattle and New York in the second leg of the conference-final round.  The obvious headline with the Galaxy in the final would be the retirement of Landon Donovan. The American legend is the league's all-time leader in goals and assists, and he has a knack for performing well in big games.  Having the best player to ever step foot on an MLS field end his career by hoisting a trophy would be the perfect ending for Donovan. The 32-year-old already experienced a great send off from the United States men's national team, but the October 10 game didn't end perfectly. Donovan did bury his disagreements with Jurgen Klinsmann for one night, and he put on a show in East Hartford; however, he was robbed of scoring a goal in his final international game. After the match, Donovan was able to celebrate ...
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