MLS Western Conference Final: Match Night Commentary

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The two strongest teams in MLS over the past three seasons square off tonight for a chance to play in the 2011 MLS Cup Final as the Los Angeles Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake at Home Depot Center (9pm, ESPN).

The Galaxy come in as Supporters Shields winners and the favorites against an RSL side that struggled late in the regular season, but showed against Seattle in the playoffs that they were back to the form that helped them reach the CONCACAF Champions League Final last spring.

If Real Salt Lake are going to beat the Galaxy, they will need to do so without starting centerback Nat Borchers, who will miss his second straight match with a leg injury. The good news for RSL is Jamison Olave has recovered from his own injury to return to the starting lineup and start alongside Chris Schuler in central defense.

SBI will be providing commentary on tonight's match so please feel free to follow along with the action tonight. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

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51 Responses to MLS Western Conference Final: Match Night Commentary

  1. USAHammerFan says:

    Come on Salt Lake!

  2. Snare says:

    Go RLS!!!!!!

  3. Brent McD says:

    If RSL get some momentum going, watch out for unexplained power outages. Hoping for a Galaxy loss

  4. This Guy says:

    I predict 5-0 Galaxy.

  5. Josh_Oc# says:

    Someone please punch Alexi Lalas in the throat, please. Thank you.

  6. CrispyST3 says:

    does any one have a link?

  7. Brent McD says:

    Saunders with a very lucky save — right at him

  8. anthony says:

    crispy, espn3.com

  9. CrispyST3 says:

    i would love to have that haha, but internet service provider doesn’t let me have that

  10. anthony says:

    ok try this crispy…

    link to justin.tv

  11. RB says:

    Smooth and sweet.

  12. Brent McD says:

    pretty soft penalty, imho

  13. Pepe says:

    Incredibly soft penalty

  14. AcidBurn says:

    Wow. Somebody check Cohiba Don’s phone records, he just made a call to the ref for that one. Still on plan for Becks to win the cup and ride off into the sunset.

  15. anthony says:

    Harkes madfe a good point. when I saw it live (as the ref saw it of course) it looked for sure like a penalty. replays show otherwise of course…

  16. Brent McD says:

    and justice is done. very nice RSL goal off a corner. Morales to Olave to Saborio

  17. anthony says:

    and theres the equalizer 1-1

  18. AcidBurn says:

    And RSL takes one right out of Il Bruce’s playbook, they score on a set piece.

  19. ben says:

    2 games, 2 terrible penalty calls against salt lake. someone doesn’t want them to win in these playoffs…

  20. Brent McD says:

    Omar Gonzalez so dangerous in the air

  21. Francois says:

    Robbie Keane is so skillful, always loved hi as a player.

  22. Berlin says:

    Outrageous penalty. Glad RSL got an equalizer.

  23. bcoug says:

    More entertaining soccer and creativity already here than in the entirety of the H-KC match.
    Happy for Houston, but that was a rough match to watch – expected more from KC than what they showed.

  24. Pepe says:

    No doubt that Dynamo games aren’t pretty to watch, but they’re good at frustrating the smooth passing and grinding out some physical goals.

  25. michael says:

    Wtf

    How in the hell did that not earn a yellow or even a red?

    Im so sick of LA being handed everything.

  26. Don says:

    I look forward to the day when a good game is not spoiled by John Harkes and his continued assault on the English language

  27. Pepe says:

    ESPN needs to sign Glenn Davis

  28. Dainja says:

    Ian Darke: “Will Johnson takes it in the face.”

    (pause)

  29. Pepe says:

    Fantastic cross

  30. Brent McD says:

    Magee again. Just a great soccer player

  31. RB says:

    So you think they were handed the Supporters Shield?

  32. Pepe says:

    Wow. Keane was staring at Olave the entire time and just smoked him. Amazing goal.

  33. Judging Amy says:

    Beckerman is a very good soccer player. I know some hate on him as not having the speed for the international game, which may be true, but dude is very smart and technical and with vision. If only he had greater athletic gifts.

  34. Brent McD says:

    Olave is a very good defender, but he got properly schooled by Keane

  35. VADCUfan says:

    Well, with MLS Cup 2011 at Home Depot Center, it looks like LAG has got it locked up already. Nice job MLS!!! /end snark

  36. Pepe says:

    If there’s any defender who can shut down Keane, it’s Geoff Cameron. That will be a great matchup.

  37. Brent McD says:

    To be fair, Olave’s fitness may have let him down in the end….

  38. RB says:

    But I thought we all _liked_ the idea of the best team in the league being in the final… And a number of people even recommend that the final be played at the home of that team…

  39. jim says:

    Keep in mind Magee and Johnson played for the same club team in Chicago and train together in the offseason. they are very familiar with one another.

  40. Powderhorn Pops says:

    That was a very entertaining MLS Cup ;)

  41. Dimidri says:

    The appeal of the MLS Cup final=exponentially higher if Brad Davis plays, irregardless of the result today without him. There’s just a buzz every time Houston has a free kick, a feeling of dread if you are rooting against them.

  42. VADCUfan says:

    No, but it’s no accident that the HDC got handed the MLS Cup this year over say… the nice new world class stadium built by SKC that would be a great showcase of the league, or PPL Park, or even Red Bull Arena. The HDC has been used for multiple MLS Cups and while it will certainly be warmer than BMO Field, I do not see many other good arguments for it over the aforementioned stadiums.

  43. chris says:

    will johnson?

  44. chris says:

    i hope LA wins so Donovan can go to Everton and Beckham where ever he wants and LA can finally build some young depth

  45. Pepe says:

    Well Houston scored the winning goal today off a free kick after Davis was already injured. Davis is amazing, but the store that’s missing is how many great headers of the ball Houston has. Dread should still remain!

  46. VADCUfan says:

    Meh, I prefer a neutral site primarily because if the best team in the league makes it to the final, then they shouldn’t need additional help. If Keane, Beckham, Donovan, etc can’t get the job done outside of the HDC, then they don’t deserve the trophy, and the same is true of any other team.

  47. RB says:

    OK but even so, that would not quite be “everything”, nor would it have anything to do with a yellow or red card…

  48. Gnarls says:

    Haha…

  49. If Real Salt Lake are going to beat the Galaxy, they will need to do so without starting centerback Nat Borchers, who will miss his second straight match with a leg injury. The good news for RSL is Jamison Olave has recovered from his own injury to return to the starting lineup and start alongside Chris Schuler in central defense.

    SBI will be providing commentary on tonight’s match so please feel free to follow along with the action tonight. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.