For San Jose to keep its Cinderella story going, the Quakes will have to find a way to contain the Rapids' tandem threat of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings.
Houston's post-season experience proved too much for Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference final, which the Dynamo won 2-0.
Possessing similar records and playing styles, Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo meet on Sunday for a place in the MLS Cup, writes Leander Schaerlaeckens.
Sporting Kansas City and Houston are poised to advance to the Eastern Conference final, but history suggests no lead in MLS playoffs is safe.
Rapids head coach Gary Smith had one main goal in the Eastern Conference final -- keep it simple. The gameplan worked, as Colorado defeated the San Jose Earthquakes to reach the MLS Cup final.
MLS should hope that the Seattle Sounders do better in the post-season, because the club's fans bring a level of excitment unmatched in U.S. soccer, writes Leander Schaerlaeckens.