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Arizona players on struggling MLS playoff sides

Plus, Vancouver Whitecaps announce Casa Grande stay

Arizona born-players have figured in the Major League Soccer playoffs. Unfortunately, they are currently sitting in the "long odds" part of the bracket.

Brad Evans and the rest of Seattle Sounders FC have a tough job ahead of them: they have to come back from a thrashing at the hands of the Los Angeles Galaxy last Sunday. The only way for them to advance to the final game is to score at least three goals in Sunday night's second leg.

"We have to come out and we have to battle like there’s no tomorrow,” he told MLSnet.com. “We almost pulled it out last year and there’s no reason we can’t do it again."

Last year's playoff run is a reason for hope and a sore spot for Evans. They fell behind 3 - 0, but the team returned for the home leg and managed to score two goals. It was agonizingly close for the team.

"I think the worst part about it is looking back and wondering ‘What if?’," he told MLSnet.com.

Evans was able to do little for his team in that match. He had to pull Evans out for Roger Levesque in early in the first half because of an ankle injury.

DC United's Nick DeLeon can point to a tangible impact in the playoffs. The Phoenix native has scored twice in the postseason so far, including the winning goal in the first round against the New York Red Bulls (getting it by Tucson Soccer Academy alumnus Luis Robles).

His team, like the Sounders, are in a hole coming into their home match on Sunday afternoon. Not as much of a hole as the Sounders, however, thanks to DeLeon's first half goal. Houston Dynamo won that game 3-1.

It's not as much of a task, but it is made harder thanks to DC's depleted line-up. Midfielders Chris Pontius and Marcelo Saragosa are listed as questionable, and Andy Najar is still suspended. Dwayne DeRosario, who has scored seven times for the team this season, is listed as "probable" and is unlikely to start.

DC United face the Houston Dynamo in the second leg of their playoff at 2 p.m. local time. That game can be seen on NBC Sports Network and Univision Deportes. Seattle Sounders FC take on the Los Angeles Galaxy at 7 p.m. That game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Doot Doo!

Count another MLS team coming to Arizona in the upcoming preseason. You'll just have to drive a bit to see them.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced this week that they will be making their way to Casa Grande Sports World for a 10-day preseason camp on Jan. 28. This will be the fourth year they have done so.

Seattle Sounders FC, DC United, New England Revolution and FC Edmonton all spent time in Casa Grande last preseason, and Real Salt Lake has their youth academy at the Sports World complex.

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