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The theme of this years Major League Soccer playoffs might just be Oh Canada! Or maybe even New York, New York. Pelicans Jerseys Outlet .Two of the eight teams playing in the conference semifinals tomorrow are from up north: Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact.Toronto, hosting a playoff game for the first time, beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 in a knockout round match Wednesday to advance. Itll host New York City FC in the first leg of the conference semifinals on Sunday.The Impact eliminated D.C. United 4-2 on Thursday. Montreal will host the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.The Red Bulls and NYCFC got knockout-round byes as the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference.A look at all the two-legged MLS conference semifinals:WESTERN CONFERENCEColorado Rapids at the Los Angeles Galaxy: The second-seeded Rapids got a first-round bye after narrowly missing out on the Supporters Shield to FC Dallas. Known for a strong defense anchored by goalkeeper Tim Howard, the Rapids finished the regular season 15-6-13. Colorado, which won the MLS Cup in 2012, has scored the fewest goals of any team in the playoffs. The Galaxy are the more experienced side with Gio dos Santos, Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard -- if his hamstring is healthy. Theres also Landon Donovan, who continues to make his MLS comeback. Los Angeles has won five MLS Cups, more than any other team. Los Angeles (12-6-16) beat Real Salt Lake on Wednesday in the knockout round.FC Dallas at the Seattle Sounders: The Sounders (14-14-6) had an amazing recovery in the Western Conference, going from last place and letting go of longtime coach Sigi Schmid, to a fourth-place finish in the regular season and a playoff berth. The upswing continued with the Sounders 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in the knockout round Thursday with a goal from Nelson Valdez in the 88th minute. With Clint Dempsey out because of a heart issue, the player to watch is Jordan Morris, who leads the Sounders with 12 goals. FC Dallas (17-8-9) had a first-round bye as the top seed in the west after securing the leagues Supporters Shield for the best record in the regular season. The team is going for a first-ever Treble: the U.S. Open Cup, the Supporters Shield and the MLS Cup. Neither team has ever won the MLS Cup.EASTERN CONFERENCENew York Red Bulls at Montreal Impact: The Impact are making their second straight appearance in the conference semifinals. Last season Montreal fell in the round to the Columbus Crew. Montreal (11-11-12) may or may not have the services of striker Didier Drogba, who was officially out of the knockout round win over United with a back issue. The former Chelsea star has not played since he sat out of an Oct. 16 match against Toronto, reportedly because he wasnt starting. The closest the Red Bulls (16-9-9) have come to the MLS Cup was in 2008, when they were runners-up to the Crew. As the top seed in the East, the Red Bulls are led by Bradley Wright-Phillips, who scored a league-best 24 goals this season.New York City FC-Toronto FC: Toronto, coming off is first-ever playoff victory, is led by the talented trio of Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley. Giovinco leads the team with 18 goals and 17 assists, including a goal and two assists in the victory over the Union. The Reds (14-9-11) finished the regular season as the third seed. The key to the playoff with NYCFC could be the battle between Bradley at Frank Lampard. Second-seeded NYCFC (15-10-9) has conceded more goals (57) than any other team in the playoffs. In just its second season in MLS, NYCFC leads the series against Toronto 2-0-3. It will be NYCFCs first-ever playoff game after the teams first-round bye. Pelicans Jerseys From China . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. Wholesale Pelicans - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. DETROIT -- Simon Pagenaud took advantage of a series of restarts, making moves each time to thrive in a crash-filled Detroit Grand Prix for his first IndyCar victory. The Frenchman finished 5.6 seconds in front of James Jakes on Sunday in the second of two races on Belle Isle. "Luckily enough, my reflexes are pretty sharp," Pagenaud said. The reigning IndyCar Rookie of the Year hadnt finished better than second in 39 IndyCar and Champ Car races, a fact he thought about late in the race. "Those last two laps were very emotional in the car, but I kept saying, Keep pushing," he recalled. "When I crossed the finish line, it was a sweet moment." Jakes, meanwhile, was a little salty that the start-and-stop nature of the race hurt his chances of winning an IndyCar event for the first time. "Whenever we managed to get in a rhythm, the yellow flags kept coming out," Jakes said. Mike Conway, who won Saturdays race with just three cautions, finished third. "I couldnt imagine that coming into this weekend," said Conway, who was tending his dads garden in England during last weeks Indianapolis 500. "Hopefully, theres some more races for me." Conways next scheduled race for Dale Coyne Racing is in Toronto, where IndyCar will have its second of three doubleheader weekends this year. Scott Dixon was fourth, followed by Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti, who pulled into a tie with Helio Castroneves for the IndyCar points lead. "Its good to get back up there in the points and well keep marching forward at Texas next weekend," Andretti said. After racing on a tight, 2.36-mile street course, IndyCars next race is on an oval at Texas Motor Speedway. Pagenauds victory for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports was another one for the lesser-known IndyCar teams. Six drivers, including three first-time winners, have won seven races this year and none of them are driving for traditionally successful Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing. "We never know who is going to be on top of any weekend," said Pagenaud, who hadnt finished better than sixth this season and was 12th on Saturday. "Its great to see what IndyCar has been able to provide, a product that allows every team to be competitive." Pagenaud put Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports atop an IndyCar podium for the first time. Sam Schmidt is winningest team owner in Indy Lights history, but said those victories dont compare to the one Pagenaud provided. "This is better," said Schmidt, a former driver, who became a quadriplegic following a 2001 practice-session wreck. "This is really huge." For the second straight year, Honda went 1-2-3 in the Chevvrolet-sponsored race in the shadow of General Motors world headquarters. Womens Pelicans Jerseys. . "Theyve put in a lot of work to do it again in Detroit," Jakes said after a career-best second-place performance. "We didnt have the month of May that we wanted, but the guys have bounced back." Honda had quite a weekend -- with a 1-2 finish Saturday -- after a Chevy-powered car driven by Tony Kanaan won the Indianapolis 500. Dixon won last years Detroit Grand Prix -- a race marred by poor track conditions -- and was followed by Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti and Pagenaud. Kanaan led for 10 laps on Sunday before slipping to 12th, one spot better than his finish Saturday. The 29-year-old Pagenaud survived a demolition derby in Detroit. It didnt take long for there to be trouble on the track. AJ Allmendinger was in a pack of cars when he hit a wall on the opening lap -- crashing soon after the start for the second straight day -- to trigger the first of six cautions that stunted the first half of the race. Five of the 25 cars couldnt finish because of contact. "Im embarrassed," Allmendinger. Side-by-side restarts, which IndyCar uses on its road and street courses as well as at Milwaukee and Iowa, seemed to lead to some of the wrecks on the tight track. "They need to rethink these double-file restarts for open-wheel cars," Penske Racing driver Will Power said. Powers shot to compete for a win ended when he was bumped from behind by Sebastien Bourdais, a move that affected nine other cars. After Power got out of his car, he threw his gloves toward Bourdais. "The safety worker was being very aggressive with me. I was like, Hey, Im just trying to show the Frenchman my displeasure with him and that was it," Power said. Bourdais was penalized during the race for avoidable contact, but the damage was done. Pagenaud, though, avoided the fray and fared very well by leading 31 of the 70 laps, including the final 11 after passing Jakes. "The race was pretty eventful," he said. "My goal was to attack and not look behind." On the biggest day of his career, Pagenaud was flooded with reflections on his path to a podium. It was a spot he wanted to stand on since he started racing at the age of 8. After racing the full 2007 Champ Car schedule, he was looking for work when the series merged with IndyCar in 2008 and ended up competing in the American Le Mans Series and was 14 seconds short of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2011. Unlike Pagenauds dad, he never doubted he could do it. "You always have to believe to make it happen," he said. 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