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Five thoughts from the MLS playoffs

Updated: October 31, 2011, 5:04 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

The first legs of the conference semifinals are now in the books, and the MLS postseason lived up to its reputation for producing the unexpected and, in some cases, the downright bizarre. Seattle imploded in spectacular fashion against a Real Salt Lake side that shook off its late-season funk to produce a rampant display. Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo delivered thoroughly professional performances to prevail on the road, although the Dynamo were made to sweat a bit at the end.

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