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Not every team knows their fate heading into the announcement of the NCAA Tournament Bracket. One team that had the cameras rolling during the selection show was the University of Washington. And while the celebration was understandably muted, this marks the first time since 2007 that they made the tournament — not a bad accomplishment by head coach Jamie Clark.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

Last fall, Nick DeLeon was gearing up for the NCAA Tournament with Louisville.

Just a year later, the rookie midfielder delivered for his pro club, D.C. United, scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory to advance to the MLS Eastern Conference Final with a 2-1 aggregate win over the New York Red Bulls.

It was another bizarre encounter like last Saturday’s game, featuring two red cards, and a made penalty that didn’t count — don’t believe me? Just watch the highlights.

Oh, yeah, and don’t forget to watch Bill Hamid LOSE HIS MIND after the jump.

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Written by Travis Clark

There’s never a shortage of a spectacle when MLS rivals D.C. United and New York Red Bulls matchup, and Saturday night was no different – although it wasn’t for a series of breathtaking goals.

Instead, the 1-1 between the two rivals featured a missed penalty kick, a red card for throwing the ball at the ref, and a pair of own goals in what was an extremely entertaining game despite a lack of sharpness from both teams in the final third.

Making its first appearance in MLS postseason play since 2007, D.C.’s inexperience showed, as Chris Pontius missed a first half penalty, Roy Miller and Bill Hamid both scored own goals, before Andy Najar chucked a ball at a referee to earn a red card.

“Andy’s a young kid and he made a young mistake,” D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen said after the game. “I thought [referee] Jair [Marrufo] let it boil up a bit. He made some tough calls against us, but it’s no excuse to react that way. We’ll adjust – it’s what we have been doing all year.”

The result slightly favors New York going into the second leg of the two-game series, a task that Olsen thinks that it’s a doable task.

“We should have won this game tonight, but 1-1, I’m OK with it,” he said. “They are a beatable team, that’s for sure. Ultimately, I’m a little disappointed we didn’t win because I thought we played well enough to get a result.”

 

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Written by Travis Clark

For 70 minutes, it looked like the Vancouver Whitecaps were about to knock off the defending MLS Cup champs.

An early goal from former Akron Zip Darren Mattocks looked like it just might stand up as the winner, as the LA Galaxy controlled possession but couldn’t put anything away — that is, until Mike Magee’s tying goal on a nice volley from a corner kick.

That cued the floodgates, more or less, for LA, which scored again just a few minutes later from Landon Donovan’s penalty kick to advance in the playoffs and set up a playoff series against San Jose Earthquakes.

 

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