04-Dec-2017 12:51:00 | Yahoo Sports
It has taken a while, but Saturday evening could represent a milestone for one of the more intriguing trends in Major League Soccer: the rise of the Eastern Conference. For most of the past decade, the Western Conference has been in an unquestioned ascendancy in numerous areas on and off the field. The Cascadia teams in particular infused the Western Conference with a new gold standard for a critical mass of fan support. LA Galaxy pioneered and honed the Designated Player model. Even small market teams such as Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake won MLS Cups. The East, particularly when viewed through the lens of the West, looked distinctly old-world by comparison. Its original powerhouse, D.C.