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MLS announces broadcast schedule for second leg of 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals

Broadcast Schedule Announced for Leg 2 of Audi 2017 MLS Cup
Playoffs Conference Semifinals

NEW YORK (October 31, 2017) – Major League Soccer tonight announced broadcast information for Leg 2 of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals, which will be played on Thursday, November 2 and Sunday, November 5.

Thursday, November 2
Western Conference Semifinals, Leg 2

  • No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC vs. No. 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10:30 p.m. ET, FS1/FOX Deportes/TSN5/TVAS)

Sunday, November 5
Eastern Conference Semifinals, Leg 2

  • No. 1 Toronto FC vs. No. 6 New York Red Bulls (3 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN 1/4 / TVA Sports)
  • No. 3 New York City FC vs. No. 5 Columbus Crew SC (5 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes TSN1 / TVA Sports)

Western Conference Semifinals, Leg 2

  • No. 1 Portland Timbers vs. No. 4 Houston Dynamo (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1/FOX Deportes / TSN1 / TVA Sports)

Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Bracket
Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs format (2017 MLS Competition Guidelines)

Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule
*Subject to change. Canadian and international broadcast information to be announced at a later date.

Knockout Round
(Conference third seed vs. sixth seed, and fourth seed vs. fifth seed in a single-game elimination match)

Wednesday, Oct. 25

  • Eastern Conference: No. 3 Chicago Fire 0-4 No. 6 New York Red Bulls
  • Western Conference: No. 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5-0 No. 6 San Jose Earthquakes

Thursday, Oct. 26

  • No. 4 Atlanta United 0 (1) – 0 (3) No. 5 Columbus Crew SC
  • No. 4 Houston Dynamo 1-0 No. 5 Sporting Kansas City

Conference Semifinals
(Two-game series, aggregate-goal format between conference top seed vs. lowest advancing seed from Knockout Round and conference second seed vs. highest seed from Knockout Round)

Eastern Conference Semifinal Series
Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 1 (2 games)
Monday, Oct. 30

  • No. 6 New York Red Bulls 1-2 No. 1 Toronto FC

Tuesday, Oct. 31

  • No. 5 Columbus Crew SC 4-1 No. 2 New York City FC

Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (2 games)
Sunday, Nov. 5

  • No. 1 Toronto FC vs. No. 6 New York Red Bulls (3 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN1/4 / TVA Sports)
  • No. 2 New York City FC vs. No. 5 Columbus Crew SC
    (5 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN1 / TVA Sports)

Western Conference Semifinal Series
Western Conference Semifinal Leg 1 (2 games)
Sunday, October 29

  • No. 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0-0 No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC

Monday, Oct. 30

  • No. 4 Houston Dynamo 0-0 No. 1 Portland Timbers

Western Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (2 games)
Thursday, Nov. 2

  • No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC vs. No. 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN5 / TVA Sports)

Sunday, Nov. 5

  • No. 1 Portland Timbers vs. No. 4 Houston Dynamo (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN1 / TVA Sports)

Conference Championships
(Two-game series, aggregate-goal format)

Eastern Conference Championship Series

Eastern Conference Championship Leg 1 (1 game)

  • Tuesday, Nov. 21          8 p.m. ET          (ESPN)

Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (1 game)

  • Nov. 29                TBD         (FS1)

Western Conference Championship Series

Western Conference Championship Leg 1 (1 game)

  • Tuesday, Nov. 21          TBD            (FS1)

Western Conference Championship Leg 2 (1 game)

  • Thursday, Nov. 30         TBD            (ESPN)

2017 MLS Cup
(Hosted at the home venue of the finalist with the best regular season record)
Saturday, Dec. 9           4 p.m. ET         (ESPN, UniMás, TSN, TVA Sports, 4 p.m. ET)

 

 

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First College Football Playoff Poll is released; Georgia #1, Buckeyes 6th

 

College Football Playoff Rankings:
1. Georgia
2. Alabama
3. ND
4. Clemson
5. Oklahoma
6. Ohio State
7. PSU
8. TCU
9.. Wisconsin
10. Miami

 

Last time Crew SC-New York City FC met, 2-2 tie on October 22 in New York

MATCH RECAP: COLUMBUS CREW SC 2, NEW YORK CITY FC 2
Crew SC finishes fifth in Eastern Conference
Federico Higuain provides helper on both goals, reaches 49th assist with the club;
Josh Williams scores third goal of 2017 MLS regular season, ties personal single-season career-high number of goals

For Immediate Release: October 22, 2017

Columbus Crew SC 2 – New York City FC 2
Citi Field (Queens, New York)
Sunday, October 22, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY

CLB – Ola Kamara (Federico Higuain) 11’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2irG4ZT]

NYC – David Villa (Maximiliano Moralez) 18’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2iuodRX]

NYC – David Villa (Unassisted) 45’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2iteNpZ]

CLB – Josh Williams (Federico Higuain) 58’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2isuRIg]


NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs):

Columbus Crew SC at Atlanta United FC (Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Georgia)

Thursday, October 26 (7:00 p.m. ET / UniMas, ESPN 2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com). 


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2ivadav

TEAM STATISTICS: http://bit.ly/2iq5cQx

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: http://bit.ly/2gZohFI

HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE: http://bit.ly/2gZmvof

AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER JUSTIN MERAM: http://bit.ly/2gZmvof

AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER WIL TRAPP: http://bit.ly/2gZmvof

TODAY’S MATCH INFO:

Venue: Citi Field (Queens, NY)
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistants: Brian Dunn, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
Attendance: 20,113
Weather: 72 degrees and sunny

GOALS/ASSISTS

CLB – Ola Kamara (Federico Higuain) 11’

NYC – David Villa (Maximiliano Moralez) 18’

NYC – David Villa (Unassisted) 45’

CLB – Josh Williams (Federico Higuain) 58’
DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY
NYC – Yangel Herrera (caution) 69’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Josh Williams, Jukka Raitala, Wil Trapp ©, Mohammed Abu (Adam Jahn 79’); Pedro Santos, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram (Kekuta Manneh 66’); Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Artur, Hector Jimenez, Lalas Abubakar, Cristian Martinez

New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Ethan White, Frederic Brillant, Alexander Callens, Ben Sweat; Yangel Herrera (Jonathan Lewis 87’), Alexander Ring, Maximiliano Moralez; Jack Harrison (Khiry Shelton 77’), David Villa ©, Rodney Wallace (Ronald Matarrita 82’)

Substitutes not used:
Eirik Johansen; Thomas McNamara, Andrea Pirlo, Andraz Struna

TEAM NOTES

With his goal against New York City FC in today’s match, Ola Kamara has now scored 18 regular-season strikes in 2017. Kamara’s goal occurred in the 11th minute, when he received a pass from Federico Higuain which he then sent to the back of the net. This was also Kamara’s 34th MLS career-goal, which takes him past Guillermo Barros Schelotto to take sole possession of eighth-place on Crew SC’s list of all-time regular-season goal scorers. Kamara is now behind only Jeff Cunningham (64 goals), Brian McBride (62 goals), Federico Higuain (48 goals), Stern John (44 goals), Edson Buddle (42 goals), Justin Meram (37 goals) and Eddie Gaven (35 goals). Since joining Crew SC in 2016, Ola Kamara has made 59 regular-season appearances (53 starts), scoring 34 goals and providing five assists. In 2017, Kamara has made 34 regular-season appearances (33 starts), scoring 18 goals and registering 3 assists.

Defender Josh Williams scored his third goal of the 2017 MLS regular season in today’s match against New York City FC. Williams’ goal came in the 58thminute, when he headed in a corner kick from Federico Higuain. With his tally in today’s match, Williams has now equaled his career-best number of goals in a single regular-season, which he previously achieved in 2013. This was Williams’ seventh MLS career goal, all of which have come while playing for the Black & Gold. In 2017, Williams has made 22 regular-season appearances (19 starts) and scored three goals.

Midfielder Federico Higuain registered two assists in today’s match against New York City FC, reaching 14 assists in the 2017 MLS regular-season. Higuain set up Ola Kamara’s goal in the 11th minute before providing the helper on Josh Williams’ 58th-minute goal. Federico Higuain has provided seven assists over Crew SC’s last four regular-season matches, dating back to a 3-2 home victory over the New York Red Bulls in which he assisted all three goals. Since joining Crew SC in 2012, Higuain has made 149 regular-season appearances (144 starts), registering 48 goals and 49 assists. In 2017, Crew SC has an undefeated record of 8-0-1 in matches in which Higuain has provided one or more assists.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen made seven saves in today’s match against New York City FC, tying his career-high single-match number of saves which he achieved in a 1-1 draw on the road against Toronto FC on August 19 earlier this year. Steffen’s saves in today’s match included stopping a penalty kick attempt by NYCFC forward David Villa in the third minute of second-half stoppage time. This was Steffen’s third penalty kick save in 2017, having previously stopped a penalty kick attempt against Toronto FC on May 10 and a penalty kick attempt against the Philadelphia Union on July 26. With the draw against New York City FC in today’s match, Crew SC brings its all-time regular-season record against NYCFC to 2-2-3 dating back 2015.

Today’s draw against New York City FC brought Crew SC’s undefeated streak to 10 regular-season matches (6-0-4), dating back to a 3-1 win against the Chicago Fire at MAPFRE Stadium on August 12. Over that span, Crew SC has outscored its opponents 19-10. This is the second-longest regular-season undefeated streak in club history, behind only Crew SC’s 19-match undefeated streak from July 3, 2004 – April 4, 2005. Additionally, this is the longest stretch of consecutive regular-season matches that the Black & Gold has gone undefeated since Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter took over the team in 2014. Crew SC’s previous longest undefeated streak in regular-season action under Berhalter was four matches, which was achieved on six separate occasions: two times in 2014, three times in 2013 and once in 2016.

With today’s result, Columbus Crew SC is set to open the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET by traveling to face Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Should Crew SC defeat Atlanta United FC at Mercedez-Benz Stadium on Thursday, the Black & Gold would advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Winners of the Knockout Round advance to the two-legged, aggregate-goal series Conference Semifinals.

With the result in today’s match, Crew SC brings its 2017 final regular-season record to 16-12-6. Up next, Crew SC travels to take on Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday, October 26 (7:00 p.m. ET / UniMas, ESPN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

MLS getting set to crown the Best of 2017 as finalists are announced

 

Best of MLS to be crowned as 2017 End of Year
Award Finalists are revealed

Landon Donovan MLS MVP comes down to Miguel Almirón, Nemanja Nikolić,
Diego Valeri, and previous winners Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa

NEW YORK (Tuesday, October 31, 2017) – Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for the 2017 End of Year Awards, honoring the league’s top performers during the 2017 MLS regular season.

A tightly contested race for the 2017 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award comes down to five finalists whose clubs made the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. The finalists include the two most recent MVP recipients, this year’s Golden Boot winner, and a pair of dazzling playmaking midfielders. New York City FC forward David Villa (2016 MVP) and Toronto FC forward/midfielder Sebastian Giovinco (2015 MVP) have two of the most prolific starts to their MLS careers in league history. Villa’s 63 goals rank first all-time among a player’s first three seasons in the league, while Giovinco’s 55 goals are tied for third.

Villa follows up his 2016 MVP campaign with a second-consecutive season finishing as the Golden Boot runner-up after scoring 22 goals and adding nine assists. Spain’s all-time leading scorer and a FIFA World Cup winner, Villa is one of only two players in league history to register consecutive 20-plus goal campaigns. Giovinco helped lead Toronto to an historic season with the most points ever in an MLS season (69 points), with the Italian scoring 16 goals and providing six assists. With six direct free kick goals in 2017, Giovinco set a single-season MLS record while also becoming the all-time career leader in league history (13 career free kick goals).

Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri became the second player ever to record a 20-goal, 10-assist season in MLS, finishing the year with 21 scores and 11 helpers to lead Portland to the top seed in the Western Conference. The Argentine’s 33 combined goals and assists ranks tied for fifth-most in league history, while his nine consecutive matches with a goal scored earlier this season set a new MLS record.

Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolić joins Valeri and Villa as 20-plus goal scorers in 2017, the fourth time in league history three players have scored 20 or more goals in the same season. The 2017 Golden Boot winner (24 goals) finishes as the leading goalscorer in his respective league for the fourth consecutive season, accomplishing the feat across three different countries. Rounding out the MVP finalists is Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón, who helped his club become the third active MLS expansion team to make the postseason thanks to a nine-goal, 14-assist season. The 23-year-old Paraguay National Teamer paced an Atlanta offensive attack that ranked second in the league with 70 goals scored, an MLS expansion team record.

In a similarly tight contest, the finalists for MLS Newcomer of the Year include Nikolić, Almirón and fellow Atlanta United teammate Josef Martínez. The dynamic Venezuelan forward finished his debut MLS season with 19 goals scored, the most ever by a player on an expansion team. Martínez’s three hat tricks in one season tie an MLS mark while his 0.95 goals per game average ranks third in league annals among players with at least five goals scored in a single season.

MLS Coach of the Year candidates include Toronto FC boss and Supporters’ Shield winner Greg Vanney, who led the Reds to a domestic double, additionally capturing the Canadian Championship. Also in the conversation is Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunović, who led a remarkable turnaround in 2016. After finishing with the worst record in MLS in 2016, Chicago rebounded to finish fourth in the Supporters’ Shield race and qualify for its first postseason since 2012. Rounding out the group is Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who helped his expansion side to record performances on the field and in the stands, as Atlanta set numerous MLS attendance marks aided by an exciting on-field product.

All 12 teams to make the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs have at least one award finalist, with Atlanta United leading all teams with five finalists followed by Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire with four each.

The finalists for each award are listed in alphabetical order below, as well as the announcement schedule for the winner of each.

The finalists earned the most votes in polling of three voting groups:

  • Current MLS players
  • MLS Clubs (Coaches, Technical Directors/General Managers)
  • Media members who consistently covered the 2017 MLS Regular Season

The AT&T Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year will be decided by online voting atMLSsoccer.com or the free MLS app from now through November 14.

2017 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists
(Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)

Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player Finalists
Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United)
Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago Fire)
Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)
David Villa (New York City FC)

Defender of the Year Finalists
Justin Morrow (Toronto FC)
Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City)
Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists
Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC)
Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City)

Newcomer of the Year Finalists
For this award, “newcomer” is defined as a player with previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2017
Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United)
Josef Martínez (Atlanta United)
Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago Fire)

AT&T Rookie of the Year Finalists
For this award, “rookie” is defined as a player without previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2017
Abu Danladi (Minnesota United FC)
Jack Elliott (Philadelphia Union)
Julian Gressel (Atlanta United)

Coach of the Year Finalists
Gerardo “Tata” Martino (Atlanta United)
Veljko Paunović (Chicago Fire)
Greg Vanney (Toronto FC)

Comeback Player of the Year Finalists
Honors an MLS player who has overcome injuries and/or adversity in order to achieve success during the 2017 regular season
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC)
Federico Higuaín (Columbus Crew SC)
Erick Torres (Houston Dynamo)

MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, presented by AdvoCare, Finalists
Ryan Hollingshead (FC Dallas)
Matt Lampson (Chicago Fire)
Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

MLS Fair Play Finalists – Individual
Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games and minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo)
Jahmir Hyka (San Jose Earthquakes)
Dave Romney (LA Galaxy)

MLS Fair Play Finalists – Team
Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fewest fouls committed, cards received, and on subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.
Chicago Fire
Seattle Sounders FC
Toronto FC

Referee of the Year Finalists
Allen Chapman
Ismail Elfath
Mark Geiger

Assistant Referee of the Year Finalists
Jeremy Hanson
Corey Parker
Adam Wienckowski

Awards Announcement Schedule:
Schedule subject to change
November 2: MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, presented by AdvoCare
November 7: MLS Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year; Fair Play Award – Individual and Team
November 8: AT&T Rookie of the Year
November 9: MLS Defender of the Year
November 14: AT&T Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year
November 15: MLS Comeback Player of the Year
November 16: Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year
November 20: Newcomer of the Year
November 27: MLS Coach of the Year
November 28: MLS Best XI
December 4: Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

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