It is time for MLS playoffs and guessing the playoffs could be detrimental to your health, but I will take a crack at it anyway. So here goes nothing.
D.C. United (4) versus New England Revolution (5)
Both teams have looked like the best team in the league. Both teams have looked like the worst teams in the league. United looked like a lock for a top two seed, but CONCACAF Champions League caught up to them along with no attacking option. The Revolution used a hot August and September run to get in the playoffs, but struggled late and nearly did not make it in. New England is in better form I think so give me the Revolution.
New England wins 1-0
Seattle Sounders (4) versus Los Angeles Galaxy (5)
The Galaxy have been terrible on the road everywhere except Seattle and Dallas. Strange, but the Galaxy have not lost in Seattle. Seattle has not lost in a while, but have not won many games in that stretch either. Seattle comes in with more momentum as the Galaxy went from needing a win to clinch the two seed to falling all the way to fifth as they struggle to get their midfield to gel. There will be new champs in MLS this year.
Seattle wins 2-1
Montreal Impact (3) versus Toronto FC (6)
A classic derby game as two rivals square off. The Impact have been on fire ever since they got Drogba and have got solid results on the road. Toronto’s defense is not great, but they have Sebastian Giovinco and that makes them dangerous. However, Toronto will not be dangerous enough.
Montreal wins 3-2
Portland TImbers (3) versus Sporting Kansas City (6)
Sporting nearly waited until it was two late to get in the playoffs and at halftime on Decision Sunday they were not in. Portland thrashed Colorado along with Los Angeles and got the help they needed to jump all the way up to a three seed. Both teams are dangerous, but Sporting has had Portland’s number at home. Expect a “friendenemy” in the semi-finals
Sporting Kansas City wins 2-1 in extra time
New York Red Bulls (1) versus New England Revolution (5)
Red Bulls got the Supporters’ Shield and are the best team in the Eastern Conference by a good margin. They should coast against New England easily.
New York wins aggregate score of 5-1
Columbus Crew (2) versus Montreal Impact (3)
This is a tough match-up as both teams ran pretty close the last half of the season. Drogba will be enough though to power this team through into the next round.
Montreal wins aggregate 2-2 on away goal differential
FC Dallas (1) versus Sporting Kansas City (6)
Both supporters will have to put their mutual respect for each other aside for two weeks as Dallas takes on a team they have struggled with the last half of the season. Granted Dallas was without key pieces, they still got destroyed by Kansas City twice. I don’t think they go on the road and win in Kansas City, but Dallas takes care of business at home.
FC Dallas wins aggregate score 3-2
Vancouver Whitecaps (2) versus Seattle Sounders (4)
Cascadia in the other semi-finals as Vancouver goes against Seattle. Vancouver got all the results they needed to get a first round bye while Seattle had to beat a tough Los Angeles squad. Sounders have too much talent though in the end.
Seattle wins aggregate score of 3-1
New York (1) versus Montreal (3)
New York has been the best team in the east all season. Montreal struggled early with a big CONCACAF Champions League run, but have improved with the addition of Drogba. I think New York on paper is the better of two teams, but Montreal will find a way to get a win in Montreal and a draw in New York.
Montreal wins aggregate score of 2-1
FC Dallas (1) versus Seattle Sounders (4)
Dallas will look to get revenge against the team that knocked them out last season. In the season series, both teams faced adversity. In a 0-0 draw in Dallas, Seattle was shorthanded, but a red card early in the game by Acosta made scoring chances difficult for Dallas. In Seattle, Dallas was extremely shorthanded having a defense that started Hollingshead, Michel, and Zimmerman along with having Alex Zendajes and Kyle Bekker in the midfield. So can you say there is a fair game this season to find out who is better? Not yet and it will have to wait until the Western Conference finals.
FC Dallas wins 2-1 on aggregate score.
FC Dallas (1) versus Montreal (3)
The finals will take place in Frisco. Who would have thought that at the start of the season is what everybody will be saying. Biggest winner is Kyle Bekker who will get a ring no matter who wins. Dallas traveled to Montreal when Dallas was in the middle of their brutal road trip. Now they get them at home. Montreal has shown to be a solid road team getting draws in Los Angeles and in San Jose. Dallas is incredibly hard to beat at home. I think with everybody healthy going into the game, Dallas is slightly better and the bye week helps Dallas while all the games Montreal had to play in CONCACAF and in the playoffs catches up to them.
FC Dallas wins 2-0.