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MLS news and notes: Henry, Javier Morales, Player Salaries and Trading Cards

By Ryan Fleming

To start off my MLS thoughts of the weekend, I won’t mention the dribbling circus that Thierry Henry busted out on Saturday night against Los Angeles. Yes, impressive. Not, great enough to mention, especially since it didn’t result in a scoring chance.

1. The issue of terrible tackling needs to be, well, tackled in the MLS. After one of the most gifted players in the league, Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales, suffered a horrific injury from a similar silly tackle that downed Seattle’s Steve Zakuani, the league has a perfect opportunity to make a statement. The nine-game sentence handed down to Colorado’s Brian Mullan after his ruthless tackle ended Zakuani’s season, should also be slapped on Marcos Mondaini’s tackle on Morales.

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MLS Cup Preview and Predictions

The Columbus Crew won its first and only MLS Cup in 2008. The Crew will need to get through the East to claim the Cup. (Courtesy Wikicommons.)

By Ryan Fleming and Kevin Koczwara

Before the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs commence we’ll take a bit of a look at the conference matchups before the first leg of the postseason starts. Will the Red Bulls take home the cup this year? Can Los Angeles make up for last year’s finals loss? Or will Real Salt Lake add another to their trophy case?

The West

Coming into the 2010 MLS Cup, RSL look to be one of the favorites to take home the Cup. The Royals had a solid season and look poised to make a deep postseason run. For the defending champs, they could become the third team in MLS history to win back-to-back titles. Real, the No. 2 seed coming into the tournament, takes on a Dallas team that has limped their way into the playoffs including losses to Western Conference foes, LA and Real.

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New York Red Bulls Remarkable Turnaround

Rafa Marquez celebrates with New York's supports group. The former Barcelona midfielder has added another dimension to New York's midfieldsince signing as the team's third designated player. (Courtesy Alison Ciarleglio of APC Studio)

By Kevin Koczwara

Manager Hans Backe and the New York Red Bulls had a lot of work to do last winter after a dismal 2009 season that saw the team finish with Major League Soccer’s worst record (5-6-19). Last night all the hard work paid off as the team clinched its second regular season Eastern Conference Championship in club history – the first in 10 years.

“There was just room for improvement. We couldn’t do worse than last year. We just came in and worked hard, and we [qualified for the playoffs],” said Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards after defeating the New England Revolution, 2-0, Thursday night. Richards scored the game-winning goal. “It’s not over yet with the playoffs. Hopefully we have three more games left, and we can go all the way with it.”

New York transformed from a struggling club in a hot bed of soccer to an ideal place to play in less than a season. Much of the transformation had little to do with the the big offseason and midseason moves that littered headlines.

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Revs Can't Handle the Red Bulls

By Kevin Koczwara

HARRISON, N.J. — The New England Revolution were unable to close off its disappointing season with a positive result as the Revs lost to the top-seeded New York Red Bulls, 2-0, at Red Bull Arena. With the win, the Red Bulls clinched the Eastern Conference regular season title for the second time in club history and the first since 2000.

The Revolution (9-16-5, 32 pts) were unable to overcome a 17th-minute goal from New York’s (15-9-6, 51 pts) Dane Richards and a stoppage time goal from Joel Lindpere. The Revs loss snaps the team’s 2-game winning streak and a 14-game regular season unbeaten streak (8-0-6) against the Red Bulls in dating back to 2005 when the Red Bulls were still the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars.

The Revolution looked the better side early with a long effort in the 9th-minute from Marko Perovic giving New York’s goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul a tough time as the ball skipped in front of the keeper and the rebound bounced away. Coundoul was able to recover.

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