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Major Link Soccer: MLS Playoffs final four is set

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The Sounders are set to face Houston, with Toronto FC weathering some drama to face Columbus in the East.

MLS: Western Conference Semifinal-Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

The #23 Seattle University men’s soccer team closed out their season in style with a 2-1 win over Utah Valley.

After 43 years, Schmetzer's Sporthaus is closing, a tragic loss for the entire Seattle soccer community.

Roman Torres has helped Panama to experience an unforgettable Autumn, and he is continuing to make sure that his presence is felt beyond the field.

MLS

Marouane Fellaini is set to sue New Balance for over 2 million pounds over the pain their boots have apparently caused his feet.

After a hard fought tie in the first leg, the Houston Dynamo were able to push past an injury-depleted Portland Timbers squad through a 2-1 stunner at Providence Park (with a Dylan Remick volley being the series winner). The first leg of the Sounders-Dynamo series kicks off on November 21st.

Dynamo Theory highlighted how the heroics of Remick and Mauro Manotas got the Dynamo into the West finals.

Stumptown Footy noted a combination of several injuries and lapses in defensive focus contributed to their abrupt exit.

On the other side of the bracket, New York City FC put up a valiant effort against Columbus, but they weren’t able to come all the way back, allowing the Crew to escape from New York with the Eastern Conference Championship berth.

Toronto FC made sure that New York had no representation in the East finals, following an anti-climatic 0-1 result against the Red Bulls.

Much more explosive was the reaction to Jozy Altidore’s unabashed flop at halftime, which led to a fight in the BMO Field tunnel that Greg Vanney described as an “ambush”. The incident resulted in Sacha Kljestan and Jozy Altidore being sent off at halftime, with Jozy taking exception to how Sacha “snitched” about the incident.

Atlanta United is rumored to be the final landing spot for Newell’s Old Boys defender Franco Escobar, who could pay huge dividends on their right side.

Earnie Stewart wants you to believe that the Philadelphia Union improved this season, but his analysis is only skin deep, with Brotherly Game diving deeper to disprove this theory.

Kyle Beckerman seems likely to return to Real Salt Lake for the upcoming season, but shockingly, he would do so sans dreadlocks.

United States

Any anxiety Atlanta United fans may have about their manager’s status should be temporarily eased, thanks to the reports that Tata Martino turned down the USMNT job.

While that rejection still remains a report, we do know that members of the U.S. Soccer board have requested a session regarding history of national coach hirings.

Monterrey star Jonathan Gonzalez has supposedly coveted playing for the USMNT for quite awhile, but the significance of that is severely dampened by the teams World Cup qualifying failure.

Despite all this negativity, the USMNT are clearly doing something right, given that Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be terrified of playing the team.