MLS Playoffs: 6 Reasons Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy is Good for MLS

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Nov 9, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane (7) celebrates after scoring a goal on a forward Landon Donovan (10) assist during the first half against the Real Salt Lake at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

4.  They’re simply the best

Let’s face it.  No two teams put more firepower on the field at a given time, have a more effective playing style, boast more World Cup heroes, or score as beautifully as these two teams.  Having a unique style of play is always something that MLS teams have struggled to do.  Shoddy, sloppy, conservative, and often downright boring are words that have described this league’s style of play in the past. No more.

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  • Seattle is anchored by European veterans such as Dempsey, Martins, Djimi Traore, and Marco Pappa; players with experience on top clubs in England, Netherlands, Spain, France and Germany.  They also have a core of men who have been playing together for a while such as Brad Evans, Ozzie Alonso, and Lamar Neagle.  They know the others work and provide a solid backbone for the team and a platform for the artistic Martins and Dempsey to shine.

    Los Angeles boasts similar firepower in Keane and Gyasi Zardes, as well as the lynchpin Landon Donovan.  Donovan’s a style of play within himself, and times runs so well even a through ball from my bad foot could land perfectly at his feet.  Either as a facilitator or a finisher, his chemistry with Zardes and Keane has been so crisp and clean this year it’s like watching Chelsea cutting QPR into oblivion.  While they may be the big names, role players like Stefan Ishizaki and AJ DeLaGarza have been instrumental in LA’s success, using wide play and underlapping runs to open up pockets in defenses giving the Americans and Irishman ample room to do what they do best: Beat Real Salt Lake. Err… I meant scoring goals.