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October 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Three other conference semifinals kick off Sunday

MLS Logo.jpgWhile the Sounders pick up the pieces from a devastating loss, the three remaining conference semifinals start Sunday.

Here’s a quick look at the schedule and some predictions:

Los Angeles Galaxy at New York Red Bulls (12 p.m., Red Bull Arena)

The top seed faces a daunting cross-country trip against a wild-card inspired by a big midweek win in Dallas. New York continues to look better each week, but I don’t think it’ll be enough. The Galaxy get a tie on the road and come back to win the series at home. L.A. 4-2 on aggregate.

Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union (2 p.m., Robertson Stadium)

The playoffs haven’t been so bad for Houston. Forty-nine points would’ve made them a wild-card team in the West, but give them the No. 2 seed in the East and home-field advantage. The Union will make things tough, but I’m going with the Dynamo on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids (4:30 p.m., Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)

After a worst-to-first turnaround, Sporting KC’s reward is playing a team that’s arguably better than the others in the East. I’m looking for Peter Vermes’ side to win both legs and end Colorado’s hopes for a repeat run. Sporting KC 3-1 on aggregate.

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OK, I’ve got the Galaxy, Dynamo and Sporting KC. Who you got in the other conference semifinals?

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