MLS Conference Finals: LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders, Houston Dynamo vs DC United

MLS Cup 2012 Conference Finals

No matter which way you slice it, the MLS Cup Final is going to be a disappointment.

Okay, that may just be bitter, slightly histrionic grapes talking. But, truth be told, the only team that I really (really, really) wanted to see in the MLS final is out.

Sporting KC, easily the most exciting team in the league this year, was eliminated 2-1 on aggregate in the Eastern Conference semifinals by fifth-seed Houston Dynamo. Sporting’s remarkable season, which included winning the US Open Cup, came to an end after the team simply failed to score. They needed at least three goals in game two, after Houston took the first game of the series 2-0. David Beckham, dressed up and looking fine.Despite dominating possession and creating numerous scoring opportunities, Sporting only found the back of the net once – a Seth Sinovic header in the 64th minute. Houston will now face DC United in the Eastern Conference final on Sunday.

On the other coast, perennial playoff darlings LA Galaxy are through to the Western conference finals, where they face the Seattle Sounders. So, in other words, the MLS final cup is going to be played between two of these four teams, and one of them will actually be the league champion. Which super exciting matchup do you hope to see in the final? DC’s late season charge against Seattle’s rabid fanbase? Galaxy’s pretty Euro boys against chippy Texans?

To give this impending final some perspective, it’ll be as if some middling NFL team, like the Arizona Cardinals, maybe with a defense that doesn’t mind hacking your ankles from time to time, somehow eked out a victory against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons in a game where the bulk of scoring was from safeties. Hopefully, both the NFL game and MLS final match will outplay my dire predictions. After all, I’m no Nate Silver.

• Sunday, Nov. 11, 4pm – MLS Eastern Conference Finals: Houston vs DC United (NBC Sports Network)
• Sunday, Nov. 11, TBD – MLS Western Conference Finals: LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders (TBD)

 Soccer on TV this week —

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FRIDAY, NOV 9

12:00a UEFA Europa League Academica de Coimbra vs. Club Atletico de Madrid Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00a UEFA Europa League Olympique de Marseille vs. Borussia Monchengladbach Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a Argentine Primera Division Boca Juniors vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro GolTV Replay
3:30a Spanish Primera Division Sevilla FC vs. Levante UD beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
6:00a French Ligue 1 Olympique Lyonnais vs. SC Bastia beIN SPORT Replay
6:00a Italian Serie A Calcio Catania vs. SS Lazio beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
8:00a UEFA Champions League Manchester City vs. AFC Ajax Fox Soccer Plus Replay
10:00a UEFA Europa League FC Anzhi Makhachkala vs. Liverpool Fox Soccer Replay
11:00a UEFA Europa League SS Lazio vs. Panathinaikos FC Fox Soccer Plus Taped
12:30p French Ligue 1 AC Ajaccio vs. Olympique de Marseille beIN SPORT Replay
12:30p Spanish Primera Division Real Madrid vs. Real Zaragoza beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
1:00p UEFA Champions League FC Schalke 04 vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Replay
1:00p UEFA Europa League Napoli vs. FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk ESPN Deportes Taped
2:30p German Bundesliga F.S.V. Mainz vs. FC Nuremberg GolTV Live
2:40p English Championship Middlesbrough FC vs. Sheffield Wednesday FC beIN SPORT Live
3:00p UEFA Champions League AC Milan vs. Malaga CF Fox Soccer Replay
3:30p Spanish Primera Division Real Betis Balompie vs. Granada CF beIN SPORT Espanol Live
4:30p Argentine Primera Division Boca Juniors vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro GolTV Replay
5:00p UEFA Europa League Athletic Bilbao vs. Olympique Lyonnais Fox Soccer Plus Same-day Tape
6:00p French Ligue 1 AS Nancy-Lorraine vs. Stade Rennais FC beIN SPORT Live
8:00p Ascenso MX Cruz Azul Hidalgo vs. Necaxa GolTV Replay
8:00p Spanish Primera Division Real Betis Balompie vs. Granada CF beIN SPORT Same-day Tape
9:00p Spanish Primera Division Real Betis Balompie vs. Granada CF beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
10:00p Capitales del Futbol Mexico ESPN Deportes Replay
10:25p Liga MX Monarcas Morelia vs. Santos Laguna ESPN Deportes Live
11:00p UEFA Champions League Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund Fox Soccer Replay
11:00p German Bundesliga F.S.V. Mainz vs. FC Nuremberg GolTV Replay
11:00p Spanish Primera Division Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
11:30p Liga MX Leon vs. Atlas Telemundo Taped
11:30p French Ligue 1 AS Nancy-Lorraine vs. Stade Rennais FC beIN SPORT Replay

 

SATURDAY, NOV 10

12:00a UEFA Europa League SS Lazio vs. Panathinaikos FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
1:30a Australian A-League Western Sydney vs. Newcaste Jets Fox Soccer Live
2:00a English Championship Middlesbrough FC vs. Sheffield Wednesday FC beIN SPORT Replay
3:00a UEFA Champions League AC Milan vs. Malaga CF Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00a German Bundesliga F.S.V. Mainz vs. FC Nuremberg GolTV Replay
4:00a Spanish Primera Division Valencia CF vs. Atletico Madrid beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
6:30a Spanish Primera Division Real Betis Balompie vs. Granada CF beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
6:55a Scottish Premier League Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC vs. Heart of Midlothian FC Fox Soccer Plus Live
7:00a UEFA Champions League Chelsea vs. FC Shakhtar Donetsk Fox Soccer Replay
7:30a French Ligue 1 AS Nancy-Lorraine vs. Stade Rennais FC beIN SPORT Replay
9:30a German Bundesliga FC Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt GolTV Live
9:53a English Premier League Wigan Athletic FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC Fox Soccer Plus Live
9:55a English Premier League Arsenal vs. Fulham ESPN2, ESPN Deportes Live
9:55a English Championship Blackburn Rovers FC vs. Birmingham City FC beIN SPORT Live
9:55a Spanish Primera Division Rayo Vallecano de Madrid vs. Celta Vigo beIN SPORT Espanol Live
10:00a English Premier League Everton vs. Sunderland Fox Soccer Live
11:30a German Bundesliga FC Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund GolTV Same-day Tape
11:55a Spanish Primera Division RCD Espanyol vs. CA Osasuna beIN SPORT Live
11:55a Italian Serie A Cagliari vs. Catania beIN SPORT Espanol Live
12:00p English Premier League Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers Fox Soccer Plus Same-day Tape
12:30p English Premier League Aston Villa vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Live
1:00p UEFA Europa League Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. SK Rapid Vienna ESPN Deportes Replay
1:55p Spanish Primera Division Real Zaragoza vs. Deportivo La Coruna beIN SPORT Espanol Live
2:00p UEFA Europa League Academica de Coimbra vs. Club Atletico de Madrid Fox Soccer Plus Replay
2:00p German Bundesliga FC Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund GolTV Replay
2:30p English Premier League Southampton vs. Swansea Fox Soccer Same-day Tape
2:40p Italian Serie A Pescara Calcio vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Live
3:55p Spanish Primera Division Malaga vs. Real Sociedad de Futbol beIN SPORT Espanol Live
4:00p Ascenso MX La Piedad vs. Estudiantes Tecos GolTV Live
4:30p English Premier League Reading FC vs. Norwich City FC Fox Soccer Same-day Tape
5:00p French Ligue 1 Toulouse FC vs. AC Ajaccio beIN SPORT Same-day Tape
6:00p Scottish Premier League Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC vs. Heart of Midlothian FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
6:00p UEFA Europa League Club Brugge K.V. vs. Newcastle United FC ESPN Deportes Replay
6:00p Ascenso MX La Piedad vs. Estudiantes Tecos GolTV Replay
6:00p Italian Serie A Pescara Calcio vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Espanol Taped
7:00p Spanish Primera Division Malaga CF vs. Real Sociedad de Futbol beIN SPORT Same-day Tape
8:00p English Premier League Aston Villa vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p Liga MX CF Pachuca vs. Jaguares de Chiapas Telefutura Live
8:00p German Bundesliga FC Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund GolTV Replay
9:00p English Premier League Wigan Athletic FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:00p English Premier League Arsenal vs. Fulham ESPN Deportes Replay
9:30p Italian Serie A Pescara Calcio vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Replay
9:30p Spanish Primera Division Malaga vs. Real Sociedad de Futbol beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
10:00p German Bundesliga FC Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt GolTV Replay
11:00p English Premier League Everton vs. Sunderland Fox Soccer Replay

 

SUNDAY, NOV 11 – Houston Dynamo vs DC United, LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders

12:00a English Premier League Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00a Spanish Primera Division Malaga CF vs. Real Sociedad de Futbol beIN SPORT Replay
12:00a Italian Serie A Pescara Calcio vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
1:00a Ascenso MX La Piedad vs. Estudiantes Tecos GolTV Replay
3:00a German Bundesliga FC Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt GolTV Replay
3:00a French Ligue 1 Toulouse FC vs. AC Ajaccio beIN SPORT Replay
3:00a Spanish Primera Division Rayo Vallecano de Madrid vs. Celta Vigo beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
4:00a UEFA Europa League Napoli vs. FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Fox Soccer Plus Replay
6:45a Italian Serie A Pescara Calcio vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Replay
7:40a Scottish Premier League Hibernian FC vs. Dundee United FC Fox Soccer Plus Live
8:25a English Premier League Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur Fox Soccer Live
8:55a Italian Serie A SS Lazio vs. AS Roma beIN SPORT Live
8:55a Italian Serie A Genoa CFC vs. Napoli beIN SPORT Espanol Live
9:30a German Bundesliga VfL Wolfsburg vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen GolTV Live
10:00a English Premier League Newcastle United FC vs. West Ham United FC Fox Soccer Plus Live
10:30a English Premier League Chelsea vs. Liverpool Fox Soccer Live
11:30a German Bundesliga VfB Stuttgart vs. Hannover 96 GolTV Live
11:45a Spanish Primera Division RCD Mallorca vs. Barcelona beIN SPORT Live
12:00p College Soccer: ACC Tournament, Final Teams TBA ESPNU Live
1:00p Liga MX Pumas de la UNAM vs. Atlante Univision Live
1:45p Spanish Primera Division Atletico Madrid vs. Getafe CF beIN SPORT Espanol Live
2:00p UEFA Champions League Celtic vs. Barcelona Fox Soccer Replay
2:00p Australian A-League Western Sydney vs. Newcaste Jets Fox Soccer Plus Taped
2:00p Brazil Serie A Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras vs. Fluminense FC GolTV Live
2:40p Italian Serie A Atalanta BC vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Live
3:45p Spanish Primera Division Levante UD vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Espanol Live
4:00p MLS Soccer: Eastern Conference Final Houston vs. DC United NBC Sports Network Live
4:00p UEFA Champions League SC Braga vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
4:15p Argentine Primera Division CA Colon vs. Boca Juniors GolTV Live
5:00p Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. ACF Fiorentina beIN SPORT Same-day Tape
5:30p Italian Serie A Atalanta BC vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Espanol Taped
6:00p English Premier League Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur Fox Soccer Replay
6:00p UEFA Europa League Athletic Bilbao vs. Olympique Lyonnais Fox Soccer Plus Replay
6:15p Uruguayan Primera Division Penarol vs. Club Nacional GolTV Same-day Tape
7:00p French Ligue 1 Montpellier HSC vs. Paris Saint-Germain beIN SPORT Same-day Tape
7:15p Italian Serie A Milan vs. Fiorentina beIN SPORT Espanol Taped
8:00p English Premier League Newcastle United FC vs. West Ham United FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:00p The FA Classic Collection: 1990/91 Nottingham Forest vs. Tottenham Hotspur Fox Soccer Replay
9:00p Ascenso MX Dorados vs. Neza GolTV Live
9:30p Spanish Primera Division Levante UD vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Same-day Tape
9:30p Italian Serie A SS Lazio vs. AS Roma beIN SPORT Espanol Taped
11:00p English Premier League Chelsea vs. Liverpool Fox Soccer Replay

 

MONDAY, NOV 12

12:00a Scottish Premier League Hibernian FC vs. Dundee United FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00a Spanish Primera Division RCD Mallorca vs. Barcelona beIN SPORT Replay
12:00a Spanish Primera Division Levante UD vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
1:00a Spanish Primera Division Dorados vs. Neza GolTV Replay
3:00a English Premier League Southampton vs. Swansea Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a German Bundesliga FC Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund GolTV Replay
3:00a French Ligue 1 Montpellier HSC vs. Paris Saint-Germain beIN SPORT Replay
3:00a Spanish Primera Division RCD Mallorca vs. Barcelona beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
8:00a UEFA Champions League AC Milan vs. Malaga CF Fox Soccer Plus Replay
10:00a UEFA Champions League Paris Saint-Germain vs. GNK Dinamo Zagreb Fox Soccer Replay
11:00a Scottish Premier League Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC vs. Heart of Midlothian FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00p Spanish Primera Division Malaga vs. Real Sociedad de Futbol beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
1:00p Ascenso MX La Piedad vs. Estudiantes Tecos GolTV Replay
2:30p FA Cup: 1st Round, Replay AFC Wimbledon vs. York City FC Fox Soccer Live
3:00p English Premier League Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00p Ascenso MX Dorados vs. Neza GolTV Replay
3:00p Spanish Primera Division Club Atletico de Madrid vs. Getafe CF beIN SPORT Same-day Tape
5:00p English Premier League Everton vs. Sunderland Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p UEFA Europa League Club Brugge K.V. vs. CS Maritimo Fox Soccer Plus Replay
5:00p Argentine Primera Division CA Colon vs. Boca Juniors GolTV Replay
8:00p FA Cup: 1st Round, Replay AFC Wimbledon vs. York City FC Fox Soccer Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League SC Braga vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay

 

TUESDAY, NOV 13

12:00a English Premier League Newcastle United FC vs. West Ham United FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00a Spanish Primera Division Levante UD vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Replay
12:00a Italian Serie A Milan vs. Fiorentina beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
3:00a UEFA Champions League Juventus vs. FC Nordsjaelland Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a Brazil Serie A Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras vs. Fluminense FC GolTV Replay
4:00a UEFA Europa League Athletic Bilbao vs. Olympique Lyonnais Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00a UEFA Champions League Paris Saint-Germain vs. GNK Dinamo Zagreb Fox Soccer Plus Replay
10:00a UEFA Champions League Chelsea vs. FC Shakhtar Donetsk Fox Soccer Replay
11:00a Scottish Premier League Hibernian FC vs. Dundee United FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00p Spanish Primera Division Malaga CF vs. Real Sociedad de Futbol beIN SPORT Replay
12:00p Spanish Primera Division Atletico Madrid vs. Getafe CF beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
2:30p U-21 Soccer England vs. Northern Ireland Fox Soccer Live
2:40p FA Cup Soccer Braintree Town FC vs. Tranmere Rovers FC Fox Soccer Plus Live
3:00p Argentine Primera Division CA Colon vs. Boca Juniors GolTV Replay
3:00p Italian Serie A Atalanta BC vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Replay
3:00p Italian Serie A Genoa CFC vs. Napoli beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
5:00p UEFA Europa League Tottenham Hotspur vs. NK Maribor Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p UEFA Europa League FK Partizan vs. Inter Milan Fox Soccer Plus Replay
5:00p Uruguayan Primera Division Penarol vs. Club NacionalUruguay GolTV Replay
7:30p The FA Classic Collection: 2000/01 Queens Park Rangers vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p U-21 Soccer England vs. Northern Ireland Fox Soccer Replay
9:00p FA Cup Soccer Braintree Town FC vs. Tranmere Rovers FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:00p Spanish Primera Division RCD Mallorca vs. Barcelona beIN SPORT Replay
9:00p Italian Serie A SS Lazio vs. AS Roma beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League Manchester City vs. AFC Ajax Fox Soccer Replay

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV 14

12:00a English Premier League Wigan Athletic FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00a Spanish Primera Division Club Atletico de Madrid vs. Getafe CF beIN SPORT Replay
12:00a Italian Serie A Pescara Calcio vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
3:00a English Premier League Reading FC vs. Norwich City FC Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a Argentine Primera Division CA Colon vs. Boca Juniors GolTV Replay
4:00a UEFA Champions League Celtic vs. Barcelona Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00a UEFA Champions League FC Schalke 04 vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Plus Replay
10:00a UEFA Champions League Juventus vs. FC Nordsjaelland Fox Soccer Replay
10:00a International Friendly United States vs. Russia ESPN2 Live
11:00a English Premier League Wigan Athletic FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:55p International Friendly Saudi Arabia vs. Argentina beIN SPORT Live
1:00p UEFA Europa League FC Anzhi Makhachkala vs. Liverpool Fox Soccer Replay
2:25p International Friendly Netherlands vs. Germany ESPN2 Live
2:30p The FA Classic Collection Chelsea vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
2:30p International Friendly Sweden vs. England GolTV Live
3:00p UEFA Europa League Olympique de Marseille vs. Borussia Monchengladbach Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p Australian A-League Western Sydney vs. Newcaste Jets Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:55p International Friendly Panama vs. Spain beIN SPORT,. beIN SPORT Espanol Live
4:30p International Friendly Ireland vs. Greece GolTV Same-day Tape
5:00p English Premier League Chelsea vs. Liverpool Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p UEFA Europa League Napoli vs. FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Fox Soccer Plus Replay
7:00p The FA Classic Collection: 1990/91 Nottingham Forest vs. Tottenham Hotspur Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p English Premier League Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p The FA Classic Collection Chelsea vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00p International Friendly Sweden vs. England GolTV Replay
9:00p International Friendly Panama vs. Spain beIN SPORT Replay
9:00p International Friendly Panama vs. Espana beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
11:00p U-21 Soccer England vs. Northern Ireland Fox Soccer Replay
11:00p International Friendly Ireland vs. Greece GolTV Replay

 

THURSDAY, NOV 15

12:00a English Premier League Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00a International Friendly Saudi Arabia vs. Argentina beIN SPORT Replay
12:00a International Friendly Panama vs. Spain beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
3:00a English Premier League Southampton vs. Swansea Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a Uruguayan Primera Division Penarol vs. Club NacionalUruguay GolTV Replay
4:00a UEFA Champions League Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00a UEFA Champions League Juventus vs. FC Nordsjaelland Fox Soccer Plus Replay
10:00a UEFA Champions League FC Bayern Munich vs. LOSC Lille Metropole Fox Soccer Replay
11:00a English Premier League Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00p The FA Classic Collection: 2000/01 Queens Park Rangers vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Replay
12:00p Spanish Primera Division RCD Mallorca vs. Barcelona beIN SPORT Replay
12:00p Spanish Primera Division Malaga vs. Real Sociedad de Futbol beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
1:00p Argentine Primera Division CA Colon vs. Boca Juniors GolTV Replay
2:30p FA Cup Soccer: 1st Round, Replay Atrincham vs. Burton Albion Fox Soccer Live
3:00p Scottish Premier League Hibernian FC vs. Dundee United FC Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00p International Friendly Ireland vs. Greece GolTV Replay
3:00p French Ligue 1 Montpellier HSC vs. Paris Saint-Germain beIN SPORT Replay
3:00p Italian Serie A Milan vs. Fiorentina beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
5:00p English Premier League Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p UEFA Europa League Academica de Coimbra vs. Club Atletico de Madrid Fox Soccer Plus Replay
5:00p International Friendly Sweden vs. England GolTV Replay
7:30p Argentine Primera Division Boca Juniors vs. CA Newell’s Old Boys GolTV Live
8:00p FA Cup Soccer: 1st Round, Replay Atrincham vs. Burton Albion Fox Soccer Replay
9:00p Italian Serie A SS Lazio vs. AS Roma beIN SPORT Replay
9:00p Spanish Primera Division Levante UD vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League AC Milan vs. Malaga CF Fox Soccer Replay

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