Neither team posed much of an offensive threat in the first leg in Houston, and it will be all to play for at Sporting Park in two weeks .
Saturday, November 9, 2013
The American musician was forced to apologize after angering Flamengo fans at a workshop earlier this week
Friday, November 8, 2013
The 18-year-old German-American has signed a deal that will keep him with the German champions until 2017.
The striker still hasn't scored his first Sunderland goal, but will look to find it against the same Manchester City side he scored against in 2010 with Hull City.
Goal breaks down the performances after the Timbers rolled to a second-leg win over the Sounders and booked a place in the Western Conference final.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The reigning champions were knocked out after failing to score a goal in the Western Conference semifinal second leg.
The Timbers jumped out early and weathered a late Seattle fightback to claim a famous victory and a berth in the conference-deciding series.
The U.S. striker continued a strong campaign with a quick-fire brace just inside the end of the first half.
The onetime American soccer prodigy's next team will be his 10th after the Brazilian club decided not to renew his contract.
The New York Red Bulls' elimination from the 2013 MLS playoffs will be seen as the latest chapter in team's cursed history, but that ignores Houston's key role in their demise.
As the Los Angeles Galaxy look to take a step closer to a third MLS Cup title, the American center back will once again be instrumental to the team's title hopes.
A heroic performance from Matt Reis was not enough to deny Sporting, which advanced to its second conference final in three years.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The New York Red Bulls paid the ultimate cost for blowing a two-goal first-leg lead as Houston rallied to post a 2-1 overtime win that eliminated the Red Bulls from the playoffs.
Check out the best snaps of the European action on Wednesday, as Barcelona went through and Arsenal edged Borussia Dortmund
The home side was fortunate to head back to Rio Tinto with just a 1-0 deficit and will look to take advantage against the two-time defending champions.
The Sounders have a big task against the rival Timbers, with Clint Dempsey and company looking to overturn a goal deficit on the road.
The 40-year-old American previously managed in Europe and will be both the head coach and control player personnel decisions.
A quartet of tightly-contested conference semifinal first legs means all four MLS playoff series are still up for grabs. Here's what to expect from all four decisive second legs.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The U.S. national team midfielder set up Demy de Zeeuw's opener before picking up a second yellow card late in Anderlecht's 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain.
Both teams are within striking distance of the Eastern Conference Finals, but Sporting enters the second leg with more work to do.