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Arizona close, but loses final away match

Desert Cup teams in MLS playoffs

The University of Arizona Wildcats soccer team lost their final road match of the 2011 season on Sunday, losing to the University of Southern California Trojans 1-0.

Ariel Boulicault led the Cats in offense with four shots. Senior Ashley Jett was once again rock solid on goal despite letting in the winner in the 60th minute. Jett recorded six saves on the day.

The team will play its last three games at home. Washington will be visiting on Friday, October 28th and Washington State will be at Mulcahy Stadium the following Sunday. The team will close out its season against Arizona State University on November 4th.

2011 Desert Cup teams make playoffs

The last remaining game in the Major League Soccer schedule was played Sunday night, but the field for this year's MLS playoffs was already set. Two of the teams will be familiar to local fans: both Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls will be in the mix. Both teams were here for the Desert Cup this spring.

Something else both teams have in common: both of them were left for dead for long stretches of the season. New York scratched and crawled their way in after some strong performances in the last few weeks, while Kansas City went from only having one win in their first eleven games to finishing first in the Eastern Conference.

New York, unlike Kansas City, will be in as a wild card. We could see a rematch of the two Desert Cup teams, but it would mean New York would have to win its wild card match against FC Dallas then beat league leading Los Angeles in the second round. Anything can happen, but some possibilities are more remote than others.

Aside from how the playoffs all shake out, it looks like playing in the Desert Cup is a sure ticket to the playoffs. Hey, we've got a pattern here, right?

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