Because it’s extremely easy to predict what happens in MLS — yeah, right — PST’s staff has taken it upon themselves to predict the upcoming 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, which kick of Wednesday night. Links to each of our Twitter accounts have been included, because… well, you know why. Knockout round Toronto FC over Philadelphia Union D.C. United over Montreal Impact LA Galaxy over Real Salt Lake Seattle Sounders over Sporting Kansas City Conference semifinals New York Red Bulls over D.C. United Toronto FC over New York City FC FC Dallas over LA Galaxy Seattle Sounders over Colorado Rapids Conference finals Toronto FC over New York Red Bulls Seattle Sounders over FC Dallas MLS Cup Toronto FC over Seattle
Gyasi Zardes, returning from a broken foot this past August, happily took to the field with his teammates in a sign of a potential return in time for the postseason. Now the less good: Zardes cannot return until his next scheduled X-ray on the aforementioned broken foot.
Of the six teams remaining in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, you could argue there are three distinct pairings. You have red-hot traditional sides in DC United and the New York Red Bulls; There are the big-name driven, deep squads from Toronto FC and New York City FC, and finally the two relative unknowns truly deserving of “wildcard” status in the Philadelphia Union Montreal Impact. Sure the table tends to tell us who’s who in the pecking order. It’s hard to bet against the Red Bulls seeing they haven’t lost since July 3, and Frank Lampard has somehow quietly been a wrecking ball thanks to dynamite performances from captain David Villa and world-class maestro Andrea Pirlo. But there