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MLS Conference Championships Kick Off on Sunday


You’d be hard-pressed to find a day in the 19-year history of the MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T, that compares to the matchups, the star power, the attacking prowess, the storylines, the atmosphere and the national TV stage of Sunday’s first-leg doubleheader (1:30 pm ET on NBC and 5 pm ET on ESPN). Two sell-out crowds in soccer-specific stadiums will watch the likes of Thierry Henry, Landon Donovan, Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey put it all on the line in what should be wide-open matches between four of the most entertaining teams of 2014. Time to cancel any plans that have you out of the house on Sunday. – SIMON BORG


Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins last played each other on Oct. 19, the first of two back-to-back LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders games to close out the season. That game finished 2-2, with Martins gaining the upper hand among the Volkswagen MVP finalists with two assists. On Sunday, they’ll have the next chance to battle for supremacy, when they face off in the Western Conference Championship first leg at StubHub Center (5 pm ET, ESPN). Which highly successful DP import will set himself apart with all of MLS watching?. – ALICIA RODRIGUEZ


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