MLS playoffs: Second-leg storylines
The two-leg, aggregate-goal first round of the MLS playoffs continues this week after a 2-2 split between home-field wins and losses. Here's a look at the storylines for each series entering the second leg:
New York's 1-0 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium was merely the beginning of what should turn into a blowout series for the Red Bulls. San Jose's nondescript roster just doesn't match New York's designated player-bolstered standard.
It certainly looked like the Crew might have taken on too many jobs heading into the postseason. Columbus suffered through a packed September and October with the U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League and the MLS regular season, which seemed to steal the vigor out of the Columbus legs. Colorado won the first leg 1-0 at home.
This could be a match where the first-leg result (a 2-1 victory for host Dallas) may not hold because of Real's home dominance (11-0-4 in 2010). However, the Salt Lake side must do a better job of eliminating the early ball into the area, which gave Dallas an advantage in the first leg.
The Sounders created more chances, but the Galaxy came away with a 1-0 road victory in the first leg.