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Major League Soccer’s New 2019 Playoff Format A Success

November 15th, 2019 · No Comments

As gone is the maddening two-game Away Goals Aggregate Matches, replaced by traditional Single Game Elimination, a la good ‘Ol NFL Football. With the league’s top-14 MLS Squads making the Playoffs.

As FC Cincinnati joined the fracas this year as the newest MLS Expansion Football Club, (FC) Err Squad, Uhm team, bringing the league’s total to 24 Franchises this year.

Whilst thou league will continue growing to an odd number of 29 MLS Franchises and counting by 2022. As Sacramento has just been awarded the leagues latest expansion team Franchise.

With David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF and Nashville FC set to commence play next year. Followed by Austin FC in 2021 and then the Sacramento Republic FC and St Louis in 2022. With a 30th MLS Franchise to be named later.

Sacramento awarded latest MLS Expansion Team Franchise

But back to this year’s MLS Playoffs, which by my reckoning, Thar were two first time MLS Playoff Debutantes, the New York City Football Club and Minnesota United FC.The Top-2 No. 1 Seeds, aka New York City FC and Los Angeles FC both got First round byes due to winning their respective Division, i.e.; New York Eastern and LA FC Western respectively.

The remaining 12 Teams saw the Higher Seeded Clubs Hosting Playoff Matches. Whilst I believe I also heard that the Top two teams were ensured of Home-field advantage thru the Semi-finals.

Also Arse-sumin’ that Los Angeles FC which won the league’s Supporters Shield for the Best Regular Season record, will have Home Field advantage throughout the entire playoffs, including the MLS Cup if they advance to the Finals. With the first round of Playoffs beginning Saturday, October 19th.

In the Western Division (No. 2 Seed) Seattle sounders FC played an epic Scrum vs. No. 7 FC Dallas. RSL, aka Real Salt Lake (No. 3) Hosted those pesky Portland Timbers. (No. 6) And the Upstart Minnesota United (No. 4)
held their inaugural Playoff Match at their brand new Allianz Field Stadium vs. the Dreaded Los Angeles Galaxy, (No. 5) as the Sunday evening’s First round Nightcap.

The Eastern Division saw (No. 2 Seed) Atlanta United FC, the reigning Major League Soccer Champions Hosting (No. 7)
New England Revolution. While (No. 3) Philadelphia Union Hosted (No. 6) New York Red Bulls. And (No. 4) Toronto FC Hosted (No. 5) DC United.

Toronto sent Wayne Rooney packing back Across thou Puddle with an epic 5-1 rout in Overtime, after the game had ended knotted 1-1. while Atlanta methodically Beat New England One-Nil. (1-0)

The Seattle Sounders had to work for their first matches victory, Defeating the upstart FC Dallas squad 4-3 in Overtime.

Whilst RSL Defeated Portland 2-1 Saturday Night, eliminating the Sounders Arch Nemesis, Cascadian Cup foe and last year’s MLS Cup runner-ups, albeit nobody remembers the losers, Righto?

Sunday’s early game saw the Philadelphia Union dispatched the New York Red Bulls 4-3 in Overtime, after falling behind early Two-Nil, (2-0( before securing the Franchise’s first ever Playoff victory.

Union make Big Step with Elusive First-ever MLS Playoff Win in Wild Comeback vs. Red Bulls 

Meanwhile, Minnesota’s post season party was short lived, with Zlatan Ibrahimović & Co. beating the Playoff Debutantes 2-1 on the Road.

As the No. 1 Seed) NYC FC awaited the playing of their first match against the visiting Toronto FC, the 2017 MLS Champions Wednesday, October 23rd. While it was right back to work for Seattle, hosting RSL in The Emerald City,” three days after their OT Victory.

On the West Coast, the No. 1 Seed Los Angeles FC, coached by former U.S. Mens National Team Head Coach Bob Bradly awaited the arrival of cross-town rivals, LA Galaxy Thursday, October 24th. With Atlanta hosting Philadelphia.

As the first upset occurred when visiting Toronto upset the Eastern Conference’s Number 1 seeded New York FC 2-1, while Atlanta marched on with a “Clean Sheet” Two-Nil win vs. the Philadelphia Union.

In what arguably looked like the Seattle’s final match in front of its feverish Rave Green Fans, the Sounders sent Real Salt Lake packing with its own Clean Sheet W’, also by the score 2-0.

Yet the most anticipated match had to be what’s been deemed El Trafico’, which I turned on just-in-time to hear the Host Los Angeles FC Head Coach Bob Bradley lamenting how he wasn’t happy giving up a goal just before Halftime, with the score being 2-1.

But I just couldn’t bear the thought of watching the Galaxy’s Imperious Footballer Ibrahimović, which suppose I should have. Since Zlatan apparently led his team back to a 3-3 tie before LA FC won decisively in OT by the score of 5-3! With rumours suggesting that it most likely was Ibrahimović’s final MLS game.

Zlatan Confirms Spain as Next Stop

 

Thus the two MLS Cup Semi-finals saw Atlanta hosting Toronto in a battle of the leagues latest two champions. While Seattle flew to La-La Land to take on the Red Hot Los Angeles FC in Carson, California.

As Dare the Rave Green and more importantly the Sounders FC think of Hosting this year’s Major League Soccer Cup on its home pitch Der Clink’, nee Century Link Field if Thar Northern Rivals Toronto could Defeat the reigning MLS Cup champions Atlanta United FC?

But first Seattle would need to do what everybody in Sportsland didn’t give them the briefest ‘O chances of doing, Defeating the LA Football Club, which Y’all know how this Fairy tale scenario worked out, El Correctomundo?

As indeed, Seattle Stunned LA with a Mega’ 3-1 upset, and then the following night Toronto audaciously Defeated Atlanta 2-1!

And then it was Cup time Baby! As Seattle’s Century Link Field Sold Out it’s Stadium in just over One hour when tickets went on sell for the rubber match between Seattle and Toronto. With an estimated crowd of 70,000 Stark Raving Mad Football Fans attending!

As the Sounders Stunned Toronto on Thar Home pitch with a PK’ (Penalty Kicks) Shootout victory in 2016, before losing to Toronto in the following year’s Cup final held once again at Toronto’s BOM Field…

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Yaming It Up upon thou Mystical Oregonian Trail

November 5th, 2019 · No Comments

And it Ain’t even Turkey-Lurkey Day yet Folks! Not to mention it’s ah-Stretch, Y’all know like stretchin’ those Chains upon 4th and Uhm… Naturally your El Senor Sportyblog scribe Touchdown Tommy has Yards to G-O! Mmm, Mmm Sprinkles; Tastes like Chicken…

AnyHoo, some of this Football Fodder has been bouncin’ round my Cerebral Gridiron for a few weeks now, ever since I was in my local Grocer’s Deli’ section getting my regular order of Meats. Even if it Ain’t Arby’s, they’ve Definitely Got The Meats; Hya!

As my favourite worker Susie, which that name always makes me immediately think of good ‘Ol Susie Q’; But I Digress…

VIDEO: Credence Clearwater Revival’s Susie Q’ Song

 

As Susie asked me if I was getting the Usual? And casually mentioning how I didn’t think she worked weekends, somehow she Digressed into not minding since her Husband was a Gynormous (Oregon) Ducks Fan and she needed to be as Quiet as A Church Mouse when he was listening to the Game upon the Radio. Since like many here in Thee Pacific Northwest, they Didn’t get the “We Need to Fill Our Pockets Mores” Pac 12 Network.Susie mused how she Doesn’t even Exist during Ducks games unless she makes an errant Noise and then is promptly shushed! All of which made me wonder why Oregonians were so Ravenous ’bout Thar Mighty Quack-Quack Ducks? And what would happen if I Dared openly wearing a purple Warshington’ Huskies T-shirt round town?

VIDEO: Sesame Street’s Rubber Ducky, You’re the One Song

 

Although I was informed 24hrs prior to Kickoff by a Bonafied Warshintonion’ that if he was Betting on the Game, he’d go with Oregon; BOO! Predicting the Ducks would win 34-20; URGH! since I really Don’t wanna have to pay Jonathan our Wager of one George Washington Federal Reserve Note…Yet Randal also said he expected the Sounders to Beat Dallas FC by a score of 3-1 and it shouldn’t be a contest…

And the Hits just keep ah-Comin’, as ‘Ol Ron White would say., Righto? As I’ve just returned from a very enjoyable outing to McMinnville, Oregon to visit the “Spruce Goose!” Which resides in the wonderful Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum’s premises, just a scant 38-miles Southwest of Portland. Nearby Fort Yamhill in Polk County. Although McMinnville’s not only the largest City in Yamhill County, but also the County’s Seat - I Kids’ Yuhs Not!

The Spruce Goose

 

As I was surprised to learn afterwards that the city’s named after another McMinnville, from which the Oregon City’s founder, William T. Newby named in Honour of his McMinnville, Tennessee Home upon arriving in the Oregon Territory after being part of the great 1843 Migration Westwards via the famed Oregon Trail.
McMinnville founder William T. Newby

 

As can Y’all guess this nebulous Tennessee-Oregon, or should it be Oregon-Tennessee connection? Especially since My Bottom Feeders Tennessee Titans just Sacked Thar Starting QB Marcus Mariota, who played his College Career at Thee University of Oregon under the tutelage ‘O Chip Hike-Hike! Kelly.Which I still revel in Kelly’s UCLA Bruins recently Stunning Duh Warshinton Kitty Cats’ (WSU) with an amazing Fourth Quarter Comeback!

And after having even threatened to watch the Kickoff of my Beloved DAWGS’ at Husky Stadium against those Pain in thoust Keister’ Ducks! I decided to watch my very first match of the season of a different type ‘O football, thou European Style instead.

As a longtime Rave Green Supporter, Thanks largely to Randal, Thy No Fenders Moniker King! Who’s taken me to countless Seattle Sounders FC Matches over the years. I elected to watch the Sounders vs. Dallas FC in the first round of MLS Playoffs.

And what a Crazy Soccer Match that was, with Dallas FC giving Seattle a true run for its money, refusing to lose, and gamely coming from behind twice to send the game into Overtime.

Staying tied thru the first 15mins session before Seattle’s Jordan Morris finally capped the game’s winner. Heading the ball into the back of the net in the 113th minute, seeing Seattle victorious by the score 4-3.

Yet I did flip over momentarily to the Huskies vs. Ducks Football game at the end of the First Half of thou Soccer Match to hear the announcer say the score was tied at 14-14, giving me some hope for Washington.

But as I was on the telephone following the Sounders FC Dramatic Win, that annoying incoming call noise began incessantly Buzzing in my Ear, repeatedly. To which I mused how the Ducks must have won; SPEW! Although I have to say I was surprised to hear the final score was 35-31 in favour of Oregon.

Later that evening, after congratulating Jonathan on his Oregon Ducks winning; Cough-Cough! I got Dibs On the Bathroom; Hya! I was surprised to learn that the Huskies had actually flirted with victory, leading 31-14 at one point before faltering down the Fourth Quarter stretch.

Then on Sunday morning I was informed via email that with the “Red Hot” Washington Nationals Baseball team’s first World Series appearance. Now the Seattle Mariners are the Only Major League Baseball Franchise to have Never played in the World Series!

Whilst I know those very same MuhNuers’ currently have the longest Playoff Drought running, now at an agonizing 17-years duration; CRIKEYS!

While ironically, Russell Wilson and his Grammy Winning wife Ciara have joined a consortium trying to bring a Major League Baseball Franchise to Oregon, but who knows if that’ll ever happen? Especially since One losing MLB Baseball Team’s enough…

Ciara and Russell Wilson join effort to bring an MLB Team to Oregon

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Stop The Presses, Colts QB Retires

September 13th, 2019 · No Comments

As surely; Hey, Don’t Call Me Shirley! Y’all have heard the News, Righto? Nope, Not that Duh Bears suck; Hya! Or that Jerry Paid some RB $90 Million Dollars! Along with is it some Pittsburg, Oakland or New England Wide Receiver’s Helmet apparently being too tight? And the Seahawks Stole some Football player from Houston…

Nah, instead I’m talking ’bout some Indianapolis Colts Quarterback named Andrew Luck announcing his Shocking Decision to Retire from the game of Football at the relatively young age of 29.As Y’all remember Dat’, Righto? Chirp-Chirp, Bueller?

Like Ain’t Thar some ‘lil ‘Ol Pigskin being tossed about right now? And everybody’s in pure Exaltation over another National Football League season commencing, Hut-Hut, Omaha!

Yet what I found most interesting ’bout this News Revelation that’s supposedly Rocked the Sports World some two weeks prior to the regular season beginning, was how I found out about it.

As I was watching the Saturday Nite’s Alright for Fightin’; Err Saturday Night IndyCar race from Madison, Illinoi (August 24th) on the 1.25 mile World Wide Technology Raceway’s bullring Oval-track, Huh?

And I found it to be a very poor Cross Promotion Trick when NBC Sports Network IndyCar’s lead announcer Leigh Diffey Broke in during the middle of the race with the News! Saying, we know a lot of Yuhs are Indianapolis 500 Fans and are sorry about Colts QB Luck’s Retirement; Blah-BLAHITY-blah…

And then immediately broke into a brief Promo for NBC being Your Home of Sunday Night Football; BARF! Duh-duh-Duh-Duh… Queue the Theme Musak’; GAG! Since we All know that NBC stands for Nothing But Commercials!

And a few Oregonian Quack-Quack (Ducks) Fans told me that the Ubiquitous, All knowing and Intrusive Scrolling Ticker spent the entire game saying nothing else besides Breaking News: Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck Retires!

Indianapolis Colts Star Andrew Luck, Age 29 Retires in All-time NFL Shocker

 

Although according to Mr. Sporty’, these program intrusions were Not nearly as Disgusting as the NFL Network simply switching from the first half of the Seattle Seahawks v San Diego; Err LA Chargers Pre-season game to show the entire 30mins Press Conference before returning to the third quarter after All of the team’s Starters had been Pulled; Aye Karumba!

Then after the most Delightful outcome of that Saturday Night IndyCar race. Like Y’all have heard of Indy Cars, El Correctomundo? I eagerly awaited the Sunday evening’s Speed Freaks Motorsports Show, hoping they’d have the races winner Takuma Sato on? You know, the Dude who won the 2017 Indianapolis 500!

Typically I listen via Zed Internetz’, since Thars NO local Radio Station in Oregon carrying the Speed Freaks programme Live, and the lone Everett, Washington FOX Radio Station Delays it 2hrs, a la Arizona and other States; URGH!

Thus I typically Tune-in to Dallas’s the Fan 105.3FM somewheres’ in the Bottom of The Hour Stick ‘N Ball Sports Talk so I can catch the beginning of the Freaks Show, instead of the neutered six minutes Welcome to another round of Freakin’ Affiliates Sliced ‘N Diced version.

With The Freaks being preceded by CBS Sports Radio Host Sean Pendergast, presumably who’s of No relation to that mighty Murder Mystery Detective Aloysius Pendergast, Eh?

And the funniest part of Pendergast’s Show, which naturally centered round Andrew Luck was his playing the Bizarre Rant by “The Juice,” or as Sean sez’, he simply calls himself “Yours Truly” these days.

Being the rant he played of O.J. Simpson complaining over how Luck had just Screwed his Fantasy Football League, having just Drafted him minutes prior to Luck’s retirement announcement!

As Sean noted if I was in a Fantasy Football League with O.J. and he called me up and said I wanted X, Y, Z players and I’m trading Andrew Luck to Yuhs, he’d gladly agree…

O.J. Simpson’s reaction to Andrew Luck’s Retirement is A Must See!

 

Meanwhile, what I Hate about Football the most is, that every year this time, the Speed Freaks programme I’d rather listen to Sunday Nights instead of Friggin’ Gory Football! Gets taken off of The Fan, as I heard Sean saying his last show of the season would be Labour Day weekend; SHIT!

Which means if I decide to? Although last Fall I simply went on a Winter’s Hibernation from the Speed Freaks Show, since they’re almost Non-existent during Football season, SIGH!

I’ll either have to Beat my Brains out trying to get some Scratchy, Uber Delayed Tin Can Internet version of The Freaks the next six Bloody Months or just wait until racing season begins after the Stupour-Duper-Bowl, Groan!

Like why wouldn’t Yuhs Sports Fans wanna listen to enjoyable interviews like this, when Takuma Sato joined The Freaks? Since everybody loves Indy Cars and Takuma, especially The Freaks 5yr old Daughter…

Takuma Sato on Redemption, Reaction & Replays

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Move Over Cody Parkey…

August 24th, 2019 · No Comments

You say Parkay, Butter? Parkey, Lloyd? Sometimes Yuhs Feel like A Nut? Butterfingers…

As Good Thingy’ this Women’s World Cup Footballer wasn’t able to attend last year’s Cody Parkey Field Goal Challenge in The Windy City, Eh?

Yo Sports Fans, You’ve probably already heard ’bout Femme Fatale Carli Lloyd routinely Drilling 40-yard Field Goals after lacing up her Boots when attending a Philadelphia Eagles practice session recently.

As the 37yr old former U.S. National Womens Team Midfielder, part of the 2008 & 2012 Winning World Cup Squads, reportedly a longtime Philly’ Fan, who was attending a Pre-season Practice session, just for Fun decided to Walk On with her Cleats and have a try, to find out what All the Fuss is over Making Field Goals?

After warming up with a bunch of 40 yard Boots, Carli nailed a 55-yarder’ straight ‘N true, right down the middle of the Uprights, which has prompted much conjecture over how the Chicago Bears should give her a tryout!

As Y’all remember the plight of the aforementioned Cody Parkey, El Correctomundo? As why not have a Female Place Kicker in the NFL? Oh Never Mind…

World Cup Winner Carli Lloyd Nails 55-yarder at NFL Practice session

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Mirage Appears over Seattle’s Sporting landscape…

July 11th, 2019 · No Comments

As previously mentioned, here’s that long awaited story Y’all have been Holdin’ your Breaths for… Breathe, you’re turnin’ Blue, and it Ain’t even Seahawks Blue Thursday yet; Hya!

And with Thee 1st Pick Overall, Sportyblog’s El Senor Scribe Touchdown Tommy Selects, Uhm? Y’all do still remember this year’s National Football League’s Draft, Righto?

And without further Adu, Drum-roll please,

Tuh-Duh!

STEEE-RIKE!

Yusei Kikuchi

HA-HA! Betcha Y’all Didn’t See that 95mph Fastball Ah-Coming, Eh? Especially since we’re All Ah-wash’ in where those Hugely Overpaid National Basketball Association All Star Playahs’ will land? Like Yuhs know Kevin Durant, whom I’m still pretty certain was the former Seattle Super Sonics final Draft Pick.

But I’m trying to focus upon those Boys ‘O Summer right now, a la Baseball, since I think it’s almost time for Major League Baseball’s All Star game, for which I’m also pretty certain once again, our lowly Seattle Mariners are without representation; Sigh.

As Kikuchi is my new Numero Uno Seattle Mariners Baseball Player, since they traded my previous No. 1 Pick, Thee Big Maple’ to those Dastardly Yankees; BASTARDOES!

Which I suppose makes my choice even more Karmic since it was the anniversary of ex-Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton’s No Hitter when Major League Baseball rookie Kikuchi flirted with his own No Hitter in The Big Apple! With the Mariners crushing New York 10 to Somme-thun’ ruther when I began scribblin’ this Sportyblog story.

Rookie Pitcher Stifles Yankees

Yet it hasn’t been All Sunshine ‘N Rainbows for Yusei, since the last time I paid any Attenzione to him was when watching my second MLB Baseball game of the year, when Snowbyrd MJ’ was in town a few weeks ago. As think it was vs. the lowly Kansas City Royals?Yet Kikuchi immediately got into trouble in the first inning, albeit his team-mates didn’t help him any, first dropping a sure out, and then when the Catcher missed the Tag at Thee Plate, as Yusei was sweating profusely after falling behind 2-0.

Then Snowbyrd MJ’ told me Kikuchi had just hung his head in a low bow ‘O Disgust upon removing his Ball-cap after having a Home Run Hit off him giving KC a 6-0 lead Me Thinks? Before we elected to turn off Thy Telie’.

Meanwhile it’s even older News that arguably one of the Mariners Greatest ever Players mostly known simply as Ichiro has finally retired from playing the sport he so loved, after making two final appearances in his Home Country during Seattle’s exhibition games, where ironically, Kikuchi was making his Major League Debut.

Ichiro Suzuki to be Instructor to Mariners, Tacoma Rattlers after Retiring

As I find it Uber Hilarious that I know the answer to my own Ichiro Suzuki Trivia Questione, while another Family member who’s always right, is actually wrong over claiming that Ichiro has won a World Series!Since I’ve maintained for years, even though he requested being traded to New York to play for a Contendah’. The Yankees never made it to the World Series during his brief tenure between 2012-14 in NYC.

With their only American League Playoffs during this period coming in 2012 when losing the series to the Detroit Tigers.

As it’s extremely Funny to Mwah since I’m not only Not a “Stick ‘N Ball” Fan, but I also absolutely abhorrer Baseball! Which is almost as exciting as watching; Err for Mwah, listening to Paint Dry!

Yet certainly Ichiro will be selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his very first Ballot, and presumably will enter the Hall as a Seattle Mariner.

Now if only the Muh-Nuers’ could snap the Sport’s longest losing Streak. As Seattle currently hold the record for the four Heavies’, nee Professional Sports, aka the NFL, NBA, MLB and National Hockey League Franchise longest Playoffs Drought, which Seattle will presumably extend another year to 17 by season’s end; CRIKEYS!

While lastly, it was Good ‘Ol John, “Not Bo Duke!” Schneider of the Seattle Seahawks initially giving me the impetus for this Stumblin’, Fumblin’ ‘N Bumblin’ Sportyblog tome. When listening to some riveting Sports News via my NFB Newsline for The Blind Telephone service.

As I chuckled over somebody writing how Schneider was probably having Night Sweats over the fear of initially having only four Draft Picks in this year’s selection entering the week prior to the Draft, before he got the Ball rollin’ by trading Frank Clark to KC, which netted Seattle another Pick, upping Thar any to five, Pre-Draft.

As Seattle wound-up with a robust 11 Draft Picks after Schneider Wheeled ‘N Dealed a multitude of Dance Moves of Trading Down to acquire more picks that would make ‘Ol “Trader Bob” (Whitsitt) of past Seahawks lore plumb Proud!

Meet the 2019 Seahawks Draft Class

Since before Y’all know it, it’ll be time for the NFL’s Pre-season, whilst I didn’t even scribble nothin’ about Seattle’s other Football team, the Sounders FC whom re-acquired Jovan Jones from Germany in some of their early season roster moves.Or that the Seattle Sea Walls won Thar second consecutive Professional Rugby Championship; Ooh, Ooh, Who Let The Dawgs’ Out?

RUf-RUF! Now Somebody Pass Me a Cheeseburger as Good ‘Ol Stevie Gee-Tar’ Miller would say. Preferably a Dick’s Drive-in Cheeseburger; Hya!

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