MLS CUP PLAYOFFS IN SEMI-FINAL STAGE
The 2020 Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup playoffs has entered into the semi-final stage in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference this weekend as the race to win the trophy hots up. In the Eastern Conference, Orlando City FC, Columbus Crew SC, New England Revolution and Nashville SC are the final four teams, while Sporting Kansas City, Seattle Sounders, FC Dallas and Minnesota United FC are the last four standing in the Western Conference.
In the first game of the semis in the Eastern Conference, Orlando City SC welcome giantkillers New England Revolution to the Exploria Stadium in Orlando on Sunday afternoon for a place in the final of the Eastern Conference as far as MLS football is concerned. Orlando City saw off New York City on penalties in the last round, while their opponents New England Revolution stunned Eastern Conference leaders Philadephia Union 2-0 away from home to book their place in this round.
For the second semis scheduled to take place at the Mapfre Stadium, Columbus in Ohio, Nashville SC will be guests of Columbus Crew SC who beat New York Red Bulls in the last round. On their part, Nashville SC stunned Toronto FC 1-0 away from home.
In the Western Conference, the two semi-final games would be played on Tuesday. Seattle Sounders take on FC Dallas at home in the first match before Sporting Kansas City entertain Minnesota United FC in the second and final match of the semi-finals in the Western Conference of MLS football. Seattle Sounders saw off Carlos Vela’s Los Angeles FC to qualify for this stage. Carlos Vela is the reigning MLS Player of the Year. On their part Seattle Sounders’ opponents FC Dallas needed penalties to see off Portland Timbers in the last round.
Minnesota United FC are in the last four of the Western Conference following their win over Colorado Rapids in the last round, while opponents Sporting Kansas City overcame San Jose Earthquakes in their own first round clash.