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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Seattle gets a big result on the road.

MLS: Western Conference Championship-Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The playoffs were back in a big way last night as we had two games in a row to digest and discuss.

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Armchair Analyst: Scoreless in Columbus, but Seattle blow a hole in Houston | MLSsoccer.com
Everything is up for battle in the East, but Seattle made sure that they'll have a good shot at reaching a second-straight MLS Cup.

Stejskal: Crew SC leave fans wanting, but have everything still to play for | MLSsoccer.com
Toronto did what they had to do by packing in more in the back with a look to counter. It worked well as they got the all-important zero-all draw.

Michael Bradley: Columbus Crew market has not kept pace in MLS - Waking The Red
I mean Bradley isn't wrong about the stadium currently in Columbus. Its old, dated, and not that much better than some high school football stadiums here in Texas.

Toronto FC show the Columbus Crew plenty of respect in stalemate - Waking The Red
TFC made a clean sheet their priority and it worked out for them.

Columbus Crew SC were backed by massive support against Toronto FC - Massive Report
A sold-out crowd looked good for the Crew but you still wonder if it is just too little too late for them.

Gregg Berhalter confident Columbus Crew can get a result at BMO Field - ESPN FC
I mean a 1-1 draw would get Columbus into an MLS Cup. So it is doable.

Boehm: Fortune favors the bold as Sounders snatch lead in MLS Cup race | MLSsoccer.com
What else can you say about this Seattle team, they're built for these moments.

Sounders Dominate Leg 1 of Western Conference Championship - Dynamo Theory
Houston couldn't figure out Seattle where it mattered and will now need a big result in Seattle to advance.

Sounders at Houston Dynamo Western Conference Finals leg one, recap: Early domination leads to cruise control - Sounder At Heart
Seattle got what they needed and then some on the road.

After the break-up: Why the Porter-Timbers split changes the coaching landscape | FourFourTwo
The split in Portland is still easily one of the more intriguing storylines right now in MLS.