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The Daily Dirt: MLS conference finals are set

It's Dallas-Portland and New York-Columbus

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FC Dallas finished off a wild Western Conference semifinal tie with Seattle Sounders by winning in penalties, 4-2, and advancing to the conference finals for the second time in club history. All looked lost for Dallas when Seattle scored in the 90th minute to take a 3-2 lead on aggregate, but Gwinnett Soccer Academy alum Walker Zimmerman found the net a minute into injury time, giving Dallas a 2-1 lead on the night and securing extra time. After 30 scoreless minutes, Zimmerman converted the winning penalty for the Toros. Not a bad night for a sub who came on in the 84th minute.

The Portland Timbers are Back in the Conference Finals, Beat Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 [Stumptown Footy]

And facing off against Dallas will be Portland Timbers, who dispatched Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0 on aggregate. After a scoreless first leg in Portland, the Timbers ransacked the Whitecaps in Vancouver. Portland dominated the game, taking the lead in the 31st minute and sealing the deal in the 94th.

RECAP: Red Bulls 1-0 D.C. United (2-0 agg.) [Once a Metro]

Supporters' Shield winners New York Red Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference final by securing a 2-0 aggregate win over DC United. A draw would have been enough for New York to move on, but Bradley Wright-Phillips put an exclamation point on the tie with a winning goal in the 93rd minute.

Columbus Crew SC Win Extra Time Thriller 3-1, Advance to Eastern Conference Final [Massive Report]

Trailing 2-1 after the first leg, the Crew made it back to the Eastern Conference final with a wild extra time win over Montreal Impact. The clubs traded first-half goals, leaving Montreal 45 minutes from advancing, but Ethan Finley scored for Columbus in the 77th minute, and Kei Kamara found a winner in the 111th to send the Crew to the conference finals for the first time since winning the MLS Cup in 2008.

The first legs of the MLS Cup Playoffs conference finals are set for Sunday, November 22. Columbus hosts New York at 5 p.m. ET, and Dallas kicks off at Portland at 7:30 p.m.

Europe

Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur: final score 1-1, Spurs with a hard-earned point at the Emirates [Cartilage Free Captain]

No winner could be found in Saturday's Nort h London Derby. Spurs took the lead in the 32nd minute thanks to incredibly in-form Harry Kane, but Kieran Gibbs equalized for Arsenal in the 77th.

Reactions: Sevilla 3 - 2 Real Madrid [Managing Madrid]

Real Madrid came unraveled in a surprising road defeat at the hands of 10th-place Sevilla. The loss leaves Madrid three points behind Barcelona, which cruised to a 3-0 win against Villarreal over the weekend, going into the first El Clasico of the season.

Stoke City 1-0 Chelsea, Premier League: Post-match reaction [We Ain't Got No History]

Things keep getting worse for Chelsea. That's too bad.

International

Jurgen Klinsmann announces USMNT roster for first 2018 World Cup qualifiers [SSFC]

Among the surprising inclusions are Matt Miazga and Jordan Morris. Clint Dempsey is the biggest name missing, but that isn't a huge surprise considering his club season with Seattle just ended on Sunday. The first qualifiers, against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, are set for November 13 and 17, respectively.

What's happening in The A?

After a great start to the 2015 season, the Falcons are in danger of spiraling out of control. Atlanta fell to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, 17-16, in its second straight loss to a bad team. The only good news is the Falcons are going into a bye week, so there's time to address what needs fixing.

The Hawks, on the other hand, continue to stay hot. Atlanta survived a huge night from Anthony Davis to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, and Mike Budenholzer's team made the quick turnaround to pick up a 15-point win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday. After opening the year with a home loss to the increasingly impressive Detroit Pistons, Atlanta has won seven in a row.