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MLS playoff handbags, DCU Academy alum update & more: Freedom Kicks for 11/6/17

Was a wild Sunday, so pour a cup and join us.

MLS: Eastern Conference Semifinal-New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Hi. Funny thing about one-year-olds, they give negative zero craps about Daylight Savings Time. The MLS held the second legs of its remaining three playoff series yesterday so let’s get to them:

Toronto FC 0-1 New York Red Bulls: Reds avoid catastrophe... just - Waking The Red: So this wasn’t the story of the game (though let’s get MPF/That’s So Metro/Caricola out of the way), it started with this:

Then it led to a confrontation at halftime with some Red Bulls and TFC players, leading to the ejections of Jozy Altidore and Sacha Kljestan. Then later still, Jozy put out this now deleted tweet and said at a Raptors game that someone came up behind him and choked him. OK then.

TFC will face Columbus Crew SC, who held on by their fingernails to win on the road against New York City FC. Hudson River Blue has more.

Wrapping up the night, the Houston Dynamo with Joe Willis in net got a second half blast to win 2-1. Willis playing for a homegrown keeper who can’t, and winning a playoff game on the road to eliminate a superior team? Seen that film before. Dynamo Theory and Stumptown Footy have it covered.

NASL’s request for injunction against U.S Soccer denied - Stars and Stripes FC: So this quietly dropped on Saturday, and SI has a bit more.

Paralympic soccer player Nick Mayhugh triumphs over adversity | Colleges | This is a fascinating look about a former D.C. United Academy kid, and I hope he does well.

Swansea v Brighton RECAP: Wales Online: In partner club news, Swansea City dropped a 1-0 result at home to Brighton and Hove Albion Saturday. Combined with Everton’s freak/wild win over Watford, Swans are in 19th, a point behind West Ham United.

Late goal preserves a point for Inter (Serpents of Madonnina): In more partner club news, a Eder goal late preserved a result for Inter Milan in a 1-1 draw with Torino at home. Still unbeaten (9 wins, 3 draws) in their first 12 games, Inter sit in 3rd, 1 point behind Juventus and 2 behind Napoli.

I don’t really have any whimsy to round this out on, so feel free to make your own.