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Viktoria Plzen set to sign midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz

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PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.

Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.

Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.

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No financial details were given.

The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.

Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.

Seattle Sounders 2-2 Club America: Champs claw back twice in CONCACAF Champions League first leg

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Club America showed why its the reigning champion, twice coming back from deficits to draw Seattle Sounders 2-2 in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal.

Darwin Quintero and Oribe Peralta scored road goals for Las Águilas, who host the return leg March 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

Clint Dempsey scored both of Seattle’s goals, but defensive lapses allowed the champs to even things up in Washington.

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Osvaldo Alonso tore a low shot wide of the post in the second minute, and Seattle was off and running.

The Sounders appeared to have taken the lead by a razor-thin goal line margin, but Jordan Morris’ header was missing just enough steam for Tiago Volpi to paw it off the line.

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Rubens Sambueza picked up a deflected ball off Brad Evans and pushed an odd-angled shot off the crossbar.

Then, end of half chaos. First Clint Dempsey swept a 25-yard free kick past Volpi to make it 1-0, but America struck back within 60 seconds.

A long ball over the top exposed Brad Evans, and Colombia striker Quintero blew by the back line and caught Stefan Frei flat-footed to make it 1-1.

Morris won a corner, and Dempsey made it 2-1 off service from Andreas Ivanschitz. He rose back post to pound a header off the turf and past Volpi.

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America made its case for another quick equalizer, but Frei parried a Quintero chance to keep it 2-1.

Evans and Frei were lost again on Seattle’s second goal, as Peralta darted free to redirect Quintero’s left-footed cross ever so slightly to make it 2-2.

Dempsey won a stoppage time free kick on the left edge of the 18, drawing a yellow card on Pablo Aguilar, but Ivanschitz’s left-footed offering was handled by Club America.

MLS Team of the Playoffs — Stars of MLS Cup Playoffs 2015

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That’s it. It’s all over. MLS Cup 2015 was won by the Portland Timbers on Sunday, bringing to end the 2015 Major League Soccer season.

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Not without one final MLS Team of the Week Playoffs, though. Unsurprisingly, this year’s Team of the Playoffs is heavy on players from the Timbers and Columbus Crew SC, Sunday’s finalists, with a few conference semifinalists sprinkled throughout.

[ MORE: Timbers top Crew SC to lift first MLS Cup trophy ]

Kei Kamara‘s four goals scored during the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs were twice as many as any other player — one of which was Portland’s Fanendo Adi. Diego Valeri bagged four assists in five games played, which is mighty impressive until you read on and realize Mauro Diaz hit the same mark in just four games played. And then there was the two-way midfield work of Diego Chara, whose work rate was otherworldly en route to Portland’s first MLS title. Throw in defenders Nat Borchers and Jorge Villafana, and it becomes clear just why Portland were crowned champions.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

[ MORE: 2015 MLS Team of the Week archive ]

MLS Team of the Week — MLS Cup playoffs

Goalkeeper: Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

MLS Goalkeeper

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew SC), Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jorge Villafana (Portland Timbers)

MLS Defenders

Midfielders: Diego Chara (Portland Timbers), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Andreas Ivanschitz (Seattle Sounders)

MLS Midfielders

Forwards: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC), Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers)

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MLS Team of the Week — Stars of MLS Cup Playoffs (so far)

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Don’t look now, but after last week’s knockout round games and the first legs of the conference semifinals on Sunday, we’re very nearly at the halfway point (47 percent, to be exact) of the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs.

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This is the time of year where “big-game players” so often step up and will there side to victory, to advancement and in some instances, championships. We never have any clue who’s going to step up and show out once the playoffs begin, but it’s a chance for anyone and everyone to cement their status as a club legend with a strong showing in November and December.

[ LEG 1: DCU 0-1 RBNY | SEA 2-1 FCD | MTL 2-1 CLB | POR 0-0 VAN ]

Through on week of the 2015 playoffs, the following players have stood head and shoulders about the crowd: Patrice Bernier (two goals, one assist in two games), Andreas Ivanschitz (one goal, one assist in two games), Fabian Espindola (two assists in the knockout round) and Kendall Waston (one clean sheet in one game).

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

[ MORE: 2015 MLS Team of the Week archive ]

MLS Team of the Week — MLS Cup playoffs (so far)

Goalkeeper: David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps)

MLS Goalkeeper

Defenders: Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Donny Toia (Montreal Impact), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers)

MLS Defenders

Midfielders: Patrice Bernier (Montreal Imapct), Andreas Ivanschitz (Seattle Sounders), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls)

MLS Midfielders

Forwards: Fabian Espindola (D.C. United), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution)

MLS Forwards

MLS Cup Playoffs: Seattle Sounders 2-1 FC Dallas

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The game in 100 words (or less): With the Seattle Sounders’ season seemingly hanging by a thread, tied 1-1 in their home leg of the Western Conference semifinals tie with FC Dallas, Clint Dempsey took it upon himself to step up and play the role of hero in Rave Green. 86 minutes on the clock, an away goal already conceded and no advantage whatsoever to take to Dallas next Sunday, Dempsey’s stunning free kick from 25 yards out completely changed the complexion of the two-leg tie. Fabian Castillo gave FCD an early lead, but it was one onto which they could not hold. Andreas Ivanschitz equalized shortly after the hour mark, setting the stage for Dempsey’s late heroics.

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Three moments that mattered

18′ — Castillo gets in behind, grabs the away goal — Mauro Diaz to Castillo is so much more than a deadly combination in MLS; it’s a downright unfair advantage possessed by FCD. Diaz’s outside-of-the-foot through ball into acres of space belongs on an instructional video. Castillo did his part, too, poking the eventual shot past Stefan Frei.

67′ — Ivanschitz’s low strike sneaks inside the far post — Ivanschitz was allowed to dribble the ball and dribble the ball and dribble the ball until at long last he found the lane through which to shoot he desired. There was still a ton to be done at that point, though, and the placement just inside the far post was extremely impressive.

86′ — Dempsey’s stunning free kick gives Seattle a late winner — Dempsey has enjoyed a spectacularly average season, but his game-winning free kick, which might just give the Sounders a big enough advantage ahead of leg no. 2, was good enough to rewrite the tale of his 2015 campaign.

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Man of the match: Mauro Diaz

Goalscorers: Castillo (18′), Ivanschitz (67′), Dempsey (87′)