No matter what the league, country, or tournament, everyone knows the significance of the term 'knockout round." It's simple: win or go home.
A trio of MNT regulars in MLS will be the first to face this music tonight when Seattle hosts Colorado in the Western Conference Playoff Knockout Round (10:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network). Dempsey returns to the MLS post-season for the first time since 2006, having appeared in back-to-back MLS Cup finals with New England Revolution. Johnson makes his second-consecutive appearance in the league playoffs, after being hampered last year with injuries. Interestingly, Brad Evans is the only one the three with an MLS title to his credit, having won the championship in 2008 with the Columbus Crew team coached by Sigi Schmid.