NWSL & MLS playoffs

October 24, 2022
October isn’t just about postseason baseball. It’s also the most exciting time of year for the North American soccer leagues, with the NWSL and MLS nearing their title games.
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The GIST: October isn’t just about postseason baseball. It’s also the most exciting time of year for the North American soccer leagues, with the NWSL and MLS nearing their title games.

NWSL: After two fierce semifinals yesterday, the October 29th NWSL Championship matchup is set: the No. 2 Portland Thorns will face the No. 5 Kansas City Current.

  • How’d they do it? In the early game, Thorns midfielder Crystal Dunn scored this brilliant stoppage-time banger, lifting Portland to a 2–1 victory over the No. 3 San Diego Wave. Did we mention she gave birth to her beautiful son Marcel five months ago? We’re not worthy.
  • Then in the night cap, Kansas City pulled off a stunner, taking out the top-seeded OL Reign 2–0. Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch put on a show with seven saves, reminding everyone why she’s one of the best keepers in the league.

MLS: Elsewhere, the MLS postseason is down to four squads. Reminder: the Eastern Conference (EC) No. 1 Philadelphia Union and Western Conference (WC) No. 1 LAFC already punched their tickets to next weekend’s Conference Finals, and now they know their opponents.

  • In the EC, defending champion No. 3 NYCFC upset No. 2 CF Montréal in convincing 3–1 fashion yesterday. NY captain Maxi Moralez scored just six minutes in, and the Pigeons never looked back. Take flight, city birds.
  • Over in the WC, No. 2 Austin FC topped No. 3 FC Dallas 2–1. Austin forward Sebastián Driussi proved his postseason power, notching the second goal in the Verde and Black’s first-ever victory against Dallas. Couldn’t have come at a better time.
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