(Late) Monday Morning Buzz: MLS Playoff Schedule & More

The MLS playoff schedule:

Conference Semifinals, Game 1:

4:30 p.m. Thursday – Chicago Fire at New England Revolution on ESPN2/Deportes.

1 p.m. Saturday – Houston Dynamo at New York Red Bulls on Direct Kick.

3 p.m. Saturday – Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake on Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Espanol.

5 p.m. Saturday – Columbus Crew at Kansas City Wizards on HDNet/Direct Kick.

Conference Semifinals, Game 2

5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 – New England Revolution at Chicago Fire on ESPN2/Deportes.

4:30 p.m. Nov. 8 – Kansas City Wizards at Columbus Crew on HDNet/Direct Kick.

7:30 p.m. – Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA on Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Espanol.

Noon Nov. 9 – New York Red Bulls at Houston Dynamo on TeleFutura.

The format:

The team that scores the most goals in the home-and-home series advances to the single elimination Conference Championship. If the teams are tied after 180 minutes in the Conference Semifinal series, a 30-minute extra time period (divided into two 15-minute periods) will be played followed by kicks from the penalty mark, if necessary. The team with the higher seed between the two Conference finalists will host the Conference Championship game.

U.S. Under-20 World Cup Squad Named
Bruin striker Sydney Leroux was the lone player from a Southern California school named to the squad today by Coach Tony DiCicco. She played in the 2004 version at age 14 – for Canada.

The complete roster:

goalkeepers Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota); defenders Kiersten Dallsteam (Washington State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (Arizona State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Nikki Marshall (Colorado); midfielders Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Elli Reed (Portland), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland); forwards Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), Alex Morgan (California), Nikki Washington (North Carolina).

The U.S. opens against France Nov. 19, faces Argentina Nov. 22 and concludes group play Nov. 26 against China. The tournament is in Chile.

Sunday College Soccer Scoreboard
UCLA men 1 (7-4-5 overall, Pac-10 5-1-1) Oregon State 0 (5-8-3, 2-4-1)
The Pac-10 leading Bruins, unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 games, posted their fourth consecutive shutout and won on a 14th minute goal by defender Brad Rusin over 10-man OSU, who had a player ejected in the 28th minute.

Pepperdine 2 (7-9-2, WCC 2-3) Santa Clara 1
Alexis Farler scored her first goal of the season and Amanda Rupp (La Costa Canyon High) her ninth to seal the win.

Loyola Marymount women 0 (8-6-3, WCC 3-2) San Diego 1 (13-3-0, WCC 5-0-0)
WCC-leading San Diego won its sixth-straight game to snap LMU’s 17-match home unbeaten streak on a goal 10 minutes from the end of regulation.

Loyola Marymount men (4-6-5, WCC 2-4-1) 0 San Diego 3 (6-6-3, WCC 6-1)
Conference-leading San Diego handed LMU its third straight loss. Seeing his first action since Sept. 7, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jack McCormack (Manhattan Beach)
made one save.

Long Beach State 5 (11-4-3, Big West 5-0-1) Cal State Northridge 0 (7-8-2, Big West 2-3-1)

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