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MLS: Colorado 2, Dallas 1 (OT)

Toronto -- Mac Kandji's shot in overtime Sunday bounced off an FC Dallas defender and into the net, handing the Colorado Rapids a 2-1 win for the MLS championship.

Kandji worked the ball down low in the 107th minute and launched a shot that took a carom off George John and past a surprised Kevin Hartman for an own-goal, and the Rapids -- seeded seventh in the playoffs -- won their first league final.

Kandji was taken off the field with an injury after the play and the Rapids had to play a man down the rest of the way. While Dallas had some chances, it couldn't get the tying goal.

Agudelo's goal lifts USA over South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa -- Seventeen-year-old reserve forward Juan Agudelo scored in the 85th minute Wednesday, handing Team USA a 1-0 win over South Africa in Cape Town.

Agudelo, who came in as substitute early in the second half, collected a touch from fellow rookie Mikkel Diskerud inside the penalty area, settled the ball and then roofed a 6-yard shot into the net for the game-winner.

Team USA Coach Bob Bradley tapped Agudelo from the New York Red Bulls of the MLS for his national side debut in the friendly against South Africa.

MLS: FC Dallas 3, Los Angeles 0

Carson, Calif. -- David Ferreira scored and added an assist Sunday, propelling FC Dallas into the MLS championship game with a 3-0 upset of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

MLS Goalkeeper of the Year finalist Kevin Hartman made six saves and was especially tough early in the game for Dallas, making big saves in the 8th, 21st and 31st minutes to help put his team into its first-ever MLS Cup title game.

The Hoops will play the Colorado Rapids for the league title next Sunday in Toronto.

After Ferreira put FCD up 1-0 in the first half, Dallas made it 2-0 in the 54th minute when defender George John scored his first goal of the year, giving Dallas a 2-0 advantage.

MLS: Colorado 1, San Jose 0

Commerce City, Colo. -- Kosuke Kimura's goal in the 43rd minute Saturday sent the Colorado Rapids to a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes and into the MLS Cup Final.

Kimura's decisive left-footed shot in the Eastern Conference Final came from the right side penalty area, finding the netting on the far-post side.

The Rapids then kept the pressure on San Jose with several scoring opportunities in the second half, though none found the net.

Colorado's best chance for an insurance goal came in the 65th minute when Omar Cummings, who missed high in the first half, got the ball on a pass from Jeff Larentowicz behind the defense and cut around goalkeeper Jon Busch only to have his shot bounce off the crossbar.

Hyndman is MLS coach of the year

NewYork -- FC Dallas Coach Schellas Hyndman, whose season saw only four losses, was selected the 2010 Major League Soccer coach of the year, the league said Thursday.

Dallas, in its second year under Hyndman, tied an MLS record with four losses on the year and set a league record by going 19 games without a loss. Dallas also set an MLS mark for a road unbeaten streak at 12 games.

The overall 12-4-14 record left Dallas in third place in the Western Conference but Dallas had advanced to the conference finals with a first-round playoff win over defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake.

The conference finals begin Sunday in Los Angeles.

MLS: Los Angeles 2, Seattle 1

Carson, Calif. -- Edson Buddle and Omar Gonzalez scored goals Sunday, sending the Los Angeles Galaxy to a conference semifinal series victory with a 2-1 win over Seattle.

The Galaxy entered the second leg of their total-goals, two-game series with the Sounders up 1-0, and Los Angeles came out aggressively.

Buddle scored in the 19th minute and Gonzalez added another goal 8 minutes later for a 3-0 aggregate advantage and the Galaxy never looked back.

Steve Zakuani got the Sounders a goal in the 86th minute, but it was too little, too late, and the Galaxy moved on to the Western Conference final.

There they will face FC Dallas, which eliminated defending champ Real Salt Lake Saturday.

MLS: FC Dallas 1, Real Salt Lake 1 (tie)

Sandy, Utah -- Dax McCarty scored in the first half and FC Dallas advanced to the MLS Western Conference finals Saturday thanks to a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.

FC Dallas moved on after posting a 3-1 advantage in total scoring in the home-and-home series with the defending MLS Cup champions. Dallas beat Salt Lake 2-1 in the first leg of the series last weekend.

Dallas's win gave the lower seeds victories in each of the first three MLS playoff series. Seattle, however, is down one goal after the first leg of their series against top-seeded Los Angeles, which wraps up Sunday.

MLS: Colorado 2, Columbus 1 (SO)

Columbus, Ohio -- Columbus's Brian Carroll missed in the fifth round of a shootout Saturday, handing Colorado a 2-1 win over the Crew and a conference semifinal victory.

Conor Casey's goal in the 84th minute for the Rapids evened the aggregate score of the two-game series 2-2, forcing overtime and eventually the penalty kick shootout.

Colorado converted all five of its kicks but Carroll's fifth shot for Columbus missed over the top of the net, and Colorado advanced to the Eastern Conference final against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Columbus had earlier taken the lead in the series in the 70th minute when Robbie Rogers found the net off a pass from Emmanuel Ekpo,
Eddie Gaven also scored for the Crew in their season-ending loss.

MLS: San Jose 3, New York 1

Harrison -- Bobby Convey scored twice Thursday and the San Jose Earthquakes stunned New York 3-1 to earn a berth in the Major League Soccer semifinals.

The Earthquakes outscored New York by an aggregate of 3-2 in the two-match series and will take on either Columbus or Colorado with a spot in the league's championship match on the line.

New York was in excellent position after winning the first leg of the series 1-0 in California, but gave up a goal to Convey in the 6th minute Thursday.

It remained a 1-0 contest deep into the second half and if things had remained the same through 90 minutes the teams would have gone into a 30-minute overtime and perhaps a penalty kick shootout to determine which would advance.

MLS: Los Angeles 1, Seattle 0

Seattle -- Edson Buddle scored a first-half goal Sunday and the Los Angeles Galaxy held off Seattle for a 1-0 win in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinals.

Buddle launched a long-range shot in the 38th minute, surprising goalkeeper Kasey Keller, to give the Galaxy all the offense they would need.

The Galaxy's defense took over from there, allowing just one shot on goal over the final 45 minutes.

Seattle's Nate Jaqua came the closest to notching an equalizer in the 87th minuted with a tame low shot that Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts handled easily.

The second leg of the series is set for Nov. 7 in Los Angeles.

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