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November 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

MLS playoff roundup: Thanks for coming, Columbus

Columbus has been one of the most entertaining teams to watch in MLS this season, particularly down the stretch. It boasts one of the top young players in the league in Wil Trapp and a creative force in Federico Higuain.

It is also, despite having only played one leg of its Eastern Conference semifinal against New England, all but eliminated from the playoffs.

Charlie Davis scored twice, Lee Nguyen added legitimacy to his dark horse MVP candidacy and the Revs trounced the hosts 4-2 on Saturday in a far-from-capacity Crew Stadium.

Only a three-goal loss or a Columbus goal fest in next weekend’s return leg will keep New England from the conference final.

– The other Eastern Conference semifinal looks almost as settled.

Thierry Henry dished out a pair of assists, the first on a defense-splitting back heel to Bradley Wright-Phillips, as New York downed D.C. United on Sunday.

The result — just New York’s second over D.C. in 10 postseason tries — means that with a single Red Bulls away goal next Saturday, United will have to win by at least three goals to advance.

– The West, in contrast, is still fully up for grabs.

The Sounders remain in control of their series with Dallas after grabbing an away goal in the 1-1 draw in Frisco, but an early FCD goal in the return leg would change the scenario dramatically.

In the other semifinal, Real Salt Lake will like its chances when it heads to the StubHub Center level with the L.A. Galaxy following a scoreless draw in Rio Tinto Stadium.

The game featured plenty of chances and controversial offside calls, but there is still everything to play for on Sunday in Carson.

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