Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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MLS playoffs are set to begin tonight

Major League Soccer's playoffs begin this week with knockout games in each conference between the clubs that finished in fourth and fifth place in the regular season.

In the Western Conference, FC Dallas plays host to the Vancouver Whitecaps tonight. The winner faces first-place Seattle in one of the two-game conference semifinals Sunday and Nov. 10. The second- place Los Angeles Galaxy plays third-place Real Salt Lake in the other Western Conference semifinal. The first game is in Utah on Saturday and the second in California on Nov. 9.

The winners of the conference semifinals are determined by the aggregate number of goals scored over both games.

In the Eastern Conference, the New York Red Bulls play host to reigning champion Sporting Kansas City in a knockout game Thursday. The winner plays first-place D.C. United in one of the conference semifinals Sunday and Nov. 8. The New England Revolution plays the Columbus Crew in the other Eastern Conference semifinal Saturday and Nov. 9.

Winners in the semifinal rounds advance to the two-game conference championships, also decided by aggregate goals, on Nov. 23 and Nov. 29-30.

The conference winners meet in the MLS Cup championship game Dec. 7, which will be hosted by whichever of the two teams had the best regular-season record. (Los Angeles Times)

Zidane's ban criticized * The French Football Federation says it disagrees with a three-month coaching ban imposed on Zinedine Zidane, saying UEFA rules allow him to coach while studying for his coaching badge. A Spanish judge on Monday banned Zidane from coaching Real Madrid's reserves following a complaint by Miguel Galan, the president of Spain's national training center for football coaches. Galan said France's 1998 World Cup winner did not have the required qualifications. But FFF President Noel Le Graet says "it's a pity for European football that an iconic player like Zidane, who is worldwide famous and has decided to take a course to earn his French coaching badge, cannot do his job like UEFA entitles him to. …

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