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Also: Sounders FC Humanitarian Awards, and Liga MX nears the playoffs as well

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MLS: Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders FC Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

FiveThirtyEight gives Seattle the best chance in MLS of making the conference championships, and the second best likelihood of both advancing to the MLS cup and winning the MLS cup.

Jordan Morris was still not ready to suit up in the regular season finale against Colorado, but he made an appearance on the field when he received a Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year Award for his T1D Playmakers program and work with Seattle Foundation’s 2017 GiveBIG Campaign. Read about all of the worthy award recipients and their work.

MLS

The first round playoff eliminations are upon us! Here is your handy bracket and all you need to know about the eight teams in the knockout round.

Fredy Montero says Vancouver’s playoff match tonight against San Jose is “kill or be killed”.

Coach Carl Robinson is looking to put his best team on the pitch and have his big time players step up.

Since the knockout round debuted in 2011, only three teams advanced by winning a road match. Even more so than the regular season, winning away is a tall order in the elimination round.

Houston’s hopes of a Cup run took a hard blow with the news that defender A.J. DeLaGarza has a torn ACL and will miss the playoffs.

USA Today’s final power rankings put Toronto on top in the race to win the MLS Trophy.

ESPN’s roundup of experts are almost unanimous in also predicting that Toronto will raise the MLS Trophy this year. Nine of eleven (including Kasey Keller and Matt Pentz) picked the Reds. Herculez Gomez’s pick: Vancouver.

Take a couple of minutes and watch Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolic's 24(!) goals from the regular season.

In MLS expansion, Charlotte’s bid is probably dead. They won’t be able to sort a stadium financing deal in time.

USA

U.S. Soccer has named Dave Sarachan as interim head coach in preparation for the USMNT friendly against Portugal on November 14 while the search for a new head coach continues. Sarachan and the rest of former Coach Bruce Arena’s staff remain under contract until the end of the year.

Since Stefan Frei closed out the regular season with his 13th clean sheet people have been taking notice. Could our 31 year old keeper (and new citizen) get a U.S. cap?

World

With only three matches left in the Apertura season and the playoffs (“La Liguilla”) just around the corner, ESPN lays out its Liga MX power rankings.

Week 14 of Liga MX saw some important action, and some surprising names are struggling. Goal has the highlights and lowlights from week 14 of Liga MX.

Club America looks like they have regained their top form under the direction of Miguel Herrera.