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Live Blog: 2016 MLS Conference Finals First Legs

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 26: Fans cheer during the match between the Seattle Sounders FC and the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field on April 26, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders defeated the Rapids 4-1. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The race to the 2016 MLS Cup Final continues with the first legs of the 2016 MLS Eastern and Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, November 22. The featured match for this live blog is Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, the Western Conference Final, live from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Here are the previews from MLSSoccer.com.

MONTREAL IMPACT vs. TORONTO FC
2016 Eastern Conference Championship – Leg 1
Olympic Stadium | Montreal, Quebec
Tuesday, Nov. 22
8 pm ET (ESPN, WatchESPN in the US | RDS, TSN1/3 in Canada)

The Lowdown:

One of North American sports’ fiercest rivalries will rise to a new level as the Eastern Conference’s Canadian clubs square off with a trip to the MLS Cup at stake.

Both teams are in uncharted territory. Toronto had never before won a playoff game before this year, and Montreal had never reached the Eastern Conference Championship. But the two teams are quite familiar with playing each other with the season on the line: the Impact eliminated Toronto in the Knockout Round of the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids
2016 Western Conference Final – Leg 1
CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington
Tuesday, Nov. 22
10 pm ET (FS1 in the US | TSN1, TSN3 and RDS2 in Canada)

The Lowdown:

The Seattle Sounders have had quite a second half to 2016 thanks to the impressive playmaking of Nicolas Lodeiro and their strong attack, but now have to face off against the stingiest defense in MLS in the Colorado Rapids. Seattle enter this first leg after having picked up a convincing 4-2 series win over FC Dallas in the last round while Colorado dramatically edged the LA Galaxy in penalty kicks after a 1-1 aggregate score.

The two sides could be missing some key players in this showdown at CenturyLink Field. Jordan Morris and Roman Torres are two of several Sounders players currently fighting to get back to full health while Shkelzen Gashi is a question mark for the Rapids after sustaining an ankle injury in the win over LA. One player guaranteed to be out for Colorado is No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is set to undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday after suffering a fracture of the right adductor longus  with the US national team. Zac MacMath, who made all but one of his 17 starts this season before Howard arrived in Colorado over the summer, is the likely man to replace the USMNT mainstay in goal.

The live blog begins at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET. Keep it right here on The Stoppage Time, powered by Azteca Soccer, for more world football news. Stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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