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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Recapping and previewing the MLS Playoffs

Orlando beats NYCFC in a wild one, Columbus beats Red Bulls and a preview for Sunday’s games

MLS: New York City FC at Orlando City SC Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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Orlando City vs. New York City: Final Score 1-1 as Lions Improbably Advance on Penalties
Only a madman would try to sort through what just happened in a first-round MLS playoff match between Orlando City and New York City FC at Exploria Stadium.

What happened in the Orlando City vs. NYCFC penalty shootout? Here are the official explanations from PRO
The most incredible penalty shootout of all time? That was the reaction of many after Orlando City beat NYCFC 6-5 in a shootout that saw a goalkeeper sent off, a backup goalkeeper refused to be allowed on to replace him, a false victory celebration and so much more.

Columbus Crew advance in MLS Cup Playoffs after beating Red Bulls
The Columbus Crew eased past an overmatched New York Red Bulls 3-2 in the First Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. Despite falling behind, the Black & Gold rode goals from Pedro Santos, Darlington Nagbe, and Gyasi Zardes and fended off a furious comeback effort to move on.

MLS Playoff Preview: Sporting KC vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Sporting Kansas City heads into the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, facing the daunting task of eliminating a San Jose Earthquakes side which has proven at time to be stingy to break down.

MLS Playoff Preview: Minnesota United vs. Colorado Rapids
The Colorado Rapids are the lower seed in their Western Conference quarterfinal clash with Minnesota United, but the Rapids have a very real chance against a Loons side that could be missing several players due international duty.

MLS Playoff Preview: Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas
The Timbers have undergone a bit of a shakeup due to the loss of their best player in the MLS is Back Tournament, Sebastian Blanco, who injured his knee early in the regular season restart. They also lost Polish striker Jaroslaw Niezgoda, who tore his ACL during the stretch run towards the end of the season.