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Timbers Tid Bit: Conference Finals Edition

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Last night saw the conclusion of the Conference semifinals (or, in reality, the quarterfinals) with the Los Angeles Galaxy overcoming their East coast rivals the New York Red Bulls 2-1 (3-1 on aggregate). This means that LA will be taking on Real Salt Lake on Sunday. Looking more to the midwest, we saw Sporting Kansas City overcome the Colorado Rapids and Houston overcome the Philadelphia Union to head to the Eastern Conference finals.

I think the thing I'm most amazed by right now is that, for the first time in a couple years we are going to have a true West-East final. The last time an Eastern conference team made it to the finals was in 2008. Wow!

Both games are this Sunday and, as usual, we'll have recaps shortly after.

Enjoy your afternoon news!

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2011 Timbers Inaugural Season in Pictures
A bunch of official Timbers photos from their Facebook.

2011 Timbers Inaugural Season in Pictures
A bunch of official Timbers photos from their Facebook.

Other news (after the jump)

 

With Attendance Surpassing The NBA, Is MLS Soccer For Real?
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Montreal Impact scouts South American soccer prospects
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Real Salt Lake: Can this team make another run at the MLS Cup?
Real Salt Lake was a heavy underdog against defending Major League Soccer champion Columbus in 2009, but shocked the Crew in the two-leg Eastern Conference semifinals to spark a run that took RSL all the way to the MLS championship

Red Bulls Eliminated by Galaxy in M.L.S. Playoffs
The bane of the Red Bulls’ season — conceding goals on dead-ball plays — proved costly in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference semifinals Thursday night.

Henry: It's not about Becks or me - Soccer Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
As the end of David Beckham's five-year contract comes into view, there's lots of talk about the English star's legacy.

MLS planning big changes for 2012 season?
Yes, the playoffs are still going on, but rumors are flying of a change to Major League Soccer's schedule for 2012 that could have an enormous impact on the Union and its fans.

Brek Shea needs a rest
Anyone who saw Brek Shea right after FC Dallas drafted him second overall in the 2008 MLS Super Draft knew he had all the makings of a star.

LA Galaxy Vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS Cup Playoffs 2011: Two Teams Fit For A Championship - SBNation.com
The only shame about the Galaxy hosting Real Salt Lake is that these teams should be playing for the MLS Cup, not the Western Conference championship.