So I did manage to get one half of the MLS Cup participants correct by predicting that Colorado would win the Eastern Conference. As it turns out, the first round battle between Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas probably featured the two best all around teams in MLS.
Despite racking up 14 draws during the regular season, FC Dallas only lost 4 times all year and managed to get playoff results in Rio Tinto and at the Home Depot Center. They are certainly a deserving participant. The Galaxy have problems when they allow the first goal since they are a defend first team and despite enjoying the run of play early, David Ferreira's go ahead strike put the home team on their heels. Kevin Hartman has been superb all year and continued to shine last night.
It's kind of ironic that two of MLS' least supported teams will be fighting for the championship in a city where the local MLS side is quite popular and even draws actual media attention. I'm sure the big wigs in New York were hoping for some big names (Beckham, Donovan, Henry, Marquez) but the success of these two teams should help ignite some interest from two pretty mediocre fan bases.