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Who’da thunk it? The seventh-seeded Colorado Rapids are your MLS Cup champions. Thanks to a fortuitous own goal off Shoreline native George John, Colorado edged FC Dallas 2-1 in extra time late Sunday night at BMO Field.
I’m not sure the playoff set-up allowed for a deserving champion in this case, but history is written and the trophy has been awarded. To recap, the Rapids squeaked past struggling Columbus via PKs in the first round, got to host the eighth and last seed San Jose in the conference final and got a couple favorable bounces in the championship game. Credit Colorado for getting the result on the day, but mid-level teams too commonly play for this championship in my opinion.
I guess when you look at it, a lot of American sports reward mediocrity in postseason in comparison to top-level soccer leagues around the world. But while I’m a little disappointed with the playoff structure — one that’s due for a change — the closing minutes of the game were certainly exciting.
Extended highlights after the jump from MLSsoccer.com.
What do you think now that the 2010 season is in the books? Are you satisfied with the ending?