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2016 MLS Playoff Preview: Conference Semifinals, Second Leg

Oct 30, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio (21) dribbles the ball away from New York City FC forward David Villa (7) during the second half at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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All four of the home teams in the second leg share something significant in common: they all have to comeback from a deficit in order to advance to their respective conference finals.

FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls, New York City FC and the Colorado Rapids were all shut out in their opening playoff matches on the road last weekend and each will have to dig deep if they want a chance to advance.

FC Dallas and NYCFC each have to have historic comebacks if they’re going to advance. No team in the last 12 years have come back from a 2-0 hole on aggregate and no team in MLS history have come back down 3-0.

The road is easier for the Red Bulls and the Colorado Rapids, who both return home only down 1-0 on aggregate.

Here’s a look at the week ahead.

The LA Galaxy face a stern test on the road against the Colorado Rapids (READ)

NYCFC is out to make history in Sunday’s clash with Toronto FC (READ)

The New York Red Bulls believe they remain firmly alive despite trailing the Montreal Impact (READ)

FC Dallas is in need of a historic turnaround against the Seattle Sounders (READ)


  1. Now the top four seeds have to come out guns blazing while the visiting teams can park the bus and hope for a draw. All because their reward for finishing in the top four is to start their post season on the road. Ridiculous. This is why the regular season is worthless and abysmal TV rating prove it.


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