Major League Soccer unveiled their playoff schedule on Thursday for the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs.
The playoffs will open with the Eastern and Western conference play-in games on October 30th and 31st, and will continue all the way until the MLS Cup Final on December 7th.
MLS has scheduled an extended break of almost two weeks between the first leg of the Conference Finals (Nov. 9-10) and the second leg of the Conference Finals (Nov. 23-24), to allow all players a chance to play for their country during the international fixtures scheduled in mid-November.
The Dynamo have multiple players that could be affected by the international break, as the United States crosses the pond to play Scotland and Honduras will face Brazil in Miami. Both Brad Davis (USA) and Boniek García (Honduras) have been involved in recent World Cup qualifiers for their respective national teams.
After the Conference Finals have been played, MLS will take another break to observe the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. All parties involved should be plenty rested before the MLS Cup Final.
Here is what the playoff schedule looks like:
- Knockout Games: Oct. 30-31 (Wed.-Thurs.)
- Conference Semifinals, Leg 1: Nov. 2-3 (Sat.-Sun.)
- Conference Semifinals, Leg 2: Nov. 6-7 (Wed.-Thurs.)
- Conference Finals, Leg 1: Nov. 9-10 (Sat.-Sun.)
- Conference Finals, Leg 2: Nov. 23-24 (Sat.-Sun.)
- MLS Cup: Dec. 7 (Sat.)
If you've paid attention, Adam Moffat's volley against New England didn't come as a surprise. Take a look back with Dynamo TV at Adam's long range efforts with the Dynamo.
Between the regular season and the playoffs, the Houston Dynamo scored 57 goals. Did you miss any of them? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Have an opinion on today's MLS Cup final? Matt Pedersen and Glenn Davis are hosting a call-in show on KPRC 950 until 8 p.m. CT. To voice your opinion on the Dynamo's 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy or to talk about last season or the one ahead, call (713) 212-5950.
All stats are courtesy of Opta Sports
First Half Stats
|LA Galaxy||Houston Dynamo|
|4||Attempts on Goal||7|
|0||Shots on Target||3|
|4||Shots off Target||1|
|7||Open Play Crosses||11|
|0||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|51%||Duels Won %||48%|
|77%||Passing Accuracy %||81%|
With less than an hour before kickoff, lineups have been released for both the Dynamo and the Galaxy. Heading into the match, the only question mark for the Dynamo was the health of forward Calen Carr. Although he was not listed on Friday's injury report, it was not known if he was fit to go a full 90 or if Kinnear would use the energetic Macoumba Kandji to start the match. That question was answered with the release of today's lineup.
GK: Tally Hall
RB: Kofi Sarkodie
CB: Bobby Boswell
CB: Jermaine Taylor
LB: Corey Ashe
RM: Boniek Garcia
CM: Adam Moffat
CM: Ricardo Clark
LM: Brad Davis (C)
FW: Will Bruin
FW: Calen Carr
With Carr back in the lineup, Kinnear has chosen to go back to the 4-4-2 formation that has worked so well for him throughout his coaching career. Here are the Dynamo's available subs:
GK: Tyler Deric
DF: Andre Hainault
MF: Giles Barnes
MF: Luiz Camargo
FW: Mac Kandji
FW: Cam Weaver
FW: Brian Ching
Today's Galaxy starting lineup is:
Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Tommy Meyer, Todd Dunivant; Christian Wilhelmsson, David Beckham, Juninho, Mike Magee; Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane.
Their available subs are:
Brian Perk, Marcelo Sarvas, Michael Stephens, AJ DeLaGarza, Edson Buddle, Pat Noonan, Bryan Gaul
Today's match can be seen nationally on ESPN and TeleFutura. It can also be heard locally on KPRC 950 with an extended postgame call-in show to follow.
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