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ASN Morning Read: Playoffs, Playoffs, Playoffs

Major League Soccer gets set for the second portion of its long season; wow, the Portland Timbers really choked; a United States men's national team mainstay returns; the women win, again.
BY Noah Davis Posted
October 24, 2016
12:15 AM
  • Your schedule
    Eastern Conference
    #3 Toronto FC vs. #6 Philadelphia Union (Wed., Oct. 26 @ 7:30 pm ET on ESPN2, TSN2, UniMás)
    #4 D.C. United vs. #5 Montreal Impact (Thurs., Oct. 27 @ 7:30 pm ET on UniMás)
    Western Conference
    #3 LA Galaxy vs. #6 Real Salt Lake (Wed., Oct. 26 @ 10:30 pm ET on TSN/TSN5, RDS2, UniMás)
    #4 Seattle Sounders vs. #5 Sporting KC (Thurs., Oct. 27 @ 10 pm ET on FS1, UniMás)

  • Another W: "Kealia Ohai has grown accustomed to amazing soccer feats from Carli Lloyd. Teammates on the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League, Ohai and Lloyd joined forces for the past two U.S. national team matches. Both stood out in Sunday’s 5-1 exhibition victory against Switzerland, played at U.S. Bank Stadium before an announced crowd of 23,400—a record for women’s soccer in Minnesota. Ads by ZINC Lloyd scored twice, including the game-winner in the second half. Ohai entered the game in the 82nd minute and scored 48 seconds later to set a national team record in her first cap."

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  • Another goal: 
  • Cause for concern? "The USL’s average attendance surpassed 3,400 this year, led by jaw-dropping crowds at FC Cincinnati (17,296 per game) and Sacramento Republic (11,514) matches. But the league-wide figure was suppressed by the MLS reserve teams, which typically share a name/brand, stadium/market or both with the parent club. Thirteen USL teams drew fewer than 2,000 fans per game in 2016, and eight of those have MLS owners. And those owners probably aren’t too worked up about those statistics. Their USL teams exist in order to provide priceless professional minutes to young or developing players who might otherwise be languishing on an MLS bench. New York Red Bulls technical director Ali Curtis and head coach Jesse Marsch surely are pleased with the progress made by NYRBII, where players like all-USL forward Brandon Allen, goalkeeper Ryan Meara and homegrown teenagers Derrick Etienne and Tyler Adams have flourished. But the USL’s independent clubs and league front office measure success with additional metrics, and as the circuit grows and vies to secure second division status form the U.S. Soccer Federation, tiny crowds in some of its biggest markets are a growing concern."

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