Playoffs begin with no clear favorite

October 17, 2006
By Steve Davis
A clear favorite is tough to identify as Major League Soccer's "second season" kicks off this weekend. Four home-and-away, aggregate goals series launch a playoff push toward the Nov. 12 MLS Cup final at Pizza Hut Park outside Dallas. D.C. United and FC Dallas were kings of April, May, June and July. However, both had their issues as the 32-round MLS season lurched forward, and now the winner of the Chicago-New England first-round clash might emerge as the lead horse in an unpredictable race.
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