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Real Salt Lake v Philadelphia Union

CHESTER, PA - AUGUST 24: Jack McInerney #9, Michael Lahoud #13 and Bakary Soumare #44of the Philadelphia Union get into a scuffle with Nat Borchers #6, Kyle Beckerman #5 and Ned Grabavoy #20 of Real Salt Lake during the second half in a Major League Soccer game on August 24, 2012 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The game ended in a scoreless tie. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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Soccer birthdays: Philadelphia Union defender Bakary Soumaré (shown above, shuffling) turns 27. The former MLS Best XI member is still searching for his form, but he has a bit of time. Maybe it’s in his birthday cake.

And Norwich City’s Michael Turner turns 29.

Big Important Stories of the Day: The conference finals are set. Who ya go? Who’s Steve got? What about Farley? Me, I’m taking the New England Revolution in 2013. Right now, though, it’s all about Houston. DYNAMOOOOOOOOO.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day: Paul Bravo.

*Ahead on the blog today: We break down the conference semifinals, while previewing the weekend action in the United States and over there in Europe. What else would you expect on a Friday? NFL previews? Sorry brah.

Twitter daps: jlakfjsldk

Everyone’s talking about the weather:

First truly cloudy day in Cali?

— Juan Agudelo (@jagudelo11) November 8, 2012


Beautiful sunset after the snow storm instagr.am/p/RyJj12tzCD/

— Heath Pearce (@HeathGPearce) November 8, 2012

What you should watch on TV today: There aren’t a whole lot of options out there. Would you settle for Mainz 05 vs. Nürnberg? Or Nancy vs. Rennes? Man, it seems like Rennes is always on in this Friday afternoon timeslot. Weirdness.

We’ll leave you with this: Is this the best MLS season ever? Compelling storylines throughout, a rising level of play, drama on the last day thanks for Mr. Chris Wondolowski, and some fun playoffs so far. What do you think?