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MLS Playoffs

22 November 5:48 pm

The MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Finals will finish this weekend, with Sporting Kansas City hosting the Houston Dynamo Saturday night on the NBC Sports Network and Real Salt Lake visiting the Portland Timbers on ESPN Sunday night. RSL enters the second leg with a two-goal advantage after their 4-2 win at Rio Tinto Stadium two weeks ago, while Kansas City and the Dynamo played to a 0-0 draw in Houston.

FC Dallas players Matt Hedges and Eric Hassli, along with the FCDallas.com editorial staff, made their Conference Finals predictions two weeks ago, but it's still anybody's guess which two teams will wind up playing for the MLS Cup.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Conference
Finals
Predictions
POR vs. RSL
LEG 1: RSL 4-2 POR
LEG 2: 11/24 @ 8pm - ESPN
SKC vs. HOU
LEG 1: HOU 0-0 SKC
LEG 2: 11/23 @ 6:30pm - NBCSN
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator

 

08 November 5:23 pm

The MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Finals get started this weekend as Sporting Kansas City visits the Houston Dynamo Saturday afternoon on NBC and Real Salt Lake hosts the Portland Timbers on ESPN Sunday night. This year's Conference Finals will feature a two-week layoff, with Leg 2 taking place after the FIFA international fixture window.

FC Dallas players Matt Hedges and Eric Hassli, along with the FCDallas.com editorial staff, are back with their picks for which teams will make the MLS Cup Final. Four out of the five of us guessed the Conference Semifinals with 50% accuracy, while one predictor (who shall remain nameless) went 0-for-4 in the last round.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Conference
Finals
Predictions
POR vs. RSL
LEG 1: 11/10 @ 8pm - ESPN
LEG 2: 11/24 @ 8pm - ESPN
SKC vs. HOU
LEG 1: 11/9 @ 1:30pm - NBC
LEG 2: 11/23 @ 6:30pm - NBCSN
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator

 

07 November 3:45 pm

The Conference Finals are almost set as the Eastern Conference Semifinals concluded last night and the Western Semis will wrap up tonight when Real Salt Lake hosts the LA Galaxy on ESPN2 and Seattle Sounders FC visits Jeld-Wen Field to take on the Portland Timbers on the NBC Sports Network.

As a group, our prediction accuracy is coming in just below 50% so far for the Conference Semifinals. None of us picked the dreaded Dynamo to knock out the Supporters Shield-winning Red Bulls, but four out of the five of our guessers correctly called Kansas City to advance over New England. Be sure to tune in to the matches tonight to see which of us correctly picked the Western Conference Final matchup.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Conference
Semifinals
Predictions
POR vs. SEA
LEG 1: SEA 1-2 POR
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 10pm
NBCSN
RSL vs. LA
LEG 1: LA 1-0 RSL
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 8pm
ESPN2
SKC vs. NE
LEG 1: NE 2-1 SKC
LEG 2: SKC 3-1 NE
NY vs. HOU
LEG 1: HOU 2-2 NY
LEG 2: NY 1-2 HOU
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator

 

01 November 4:41 pm

The knockout rounds are in the books with Seattle and Houston surviving to go on to the next round and face their respective conference winners in the semifinals that kick off this weekend. The Western Conference Semifinals will see Portland take on Seattle and Real Salt Lake face the LA Galaxy, while the Eastern Conference Semifinals pit Sporting Kansas City against the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo against the New York Red Bulls.

We're back with our picks for the overall series winners as Matt Hedges, Eric Hassli and the FCDallas.com staff try to predict who will make it to the Conference Finals next weekend.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Conference
Semifinals
Predictions
POR vs. SEA
LEG 1: 11/2 @ 9pm
NBCSN
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 10pm
NBCSN
RSL vs. LA
LEG 1: 11/3 @ 8pm
ESPN
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 8pm
ESPN2
SKC vs. NE
LEG 1: 11/2 @ 7pm
NBCSN
LEG 2: 11/6 @ 8pm
MLS LIVE
NY vs. HOU
LEG 1: 11/3 @ 2:30pm
NBC
LEG 2: 11/6 @ 7pm
Univision Dep.
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator

 

30 October 2:39 pm

It's playoff time in MLS and all the action started last night as Seattle Sounders FC dropped the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals vs their rival Portland Timbers. Tonight the Houston Dynamo host Montreal in the Eastern Conference Wild Card game at 7:30PM on NBC Sports Network.

In all, the MLS Cup Playoffs feature 15 pulse-pounding games and earlier yesterday, MLS released the full playoff calendar culminating in MLS Cup on Saturday, December 7 at the stadium of the highest remaining MLS Cup Playoff seed. For fun, we polled a couple of the FCD players to give us their predictions on what's going to happen over the next six weeks and added our own picks as well.

Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Knockout Round
Predictions
Seattle vs. Colorado
(Wed. 10/30 @ 9:30 pm CT - NBCSN)
Houston vs. Montreal
(Thurs. 10/31 @ 7:30 pm CT - NBCSN)
Matt Hedges
Defender
Eric Hassli
Forward
Scott Brown
Managing Editor
Aaron Griffin
Multimedia Manager
Daniel Robertson
Digital Coordinator

 

09 November 3:13 pm

The conference finals are set after a wild conclusion to the semifinals. This is again a two-leg series, with the higher seed hosting the second match. The first matches are both this Sunday. Houston hosts DC United at 3 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network. LA Galaxy hosts Seattle at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.

Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg One match:

PICKS:

Scott Brown: HOU 2, DC 1; LA 2, SEA 2

Robert Casner: HOU 2, DC 1; LA 1, SEA 1

Mark Norris: HOU 1, DC 0; LA 2, SEA 1

07 November 5:03 pm

Three teams will be eliminated from the MLS Playoffs tonight in the second leg of the MLS Playoffs - Semifinal Round. New York hosts D.C. United in a likely snowy Red Bull Arena (7 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Kansas City hosts Houston (8 p.m., streamed live on MLSSoccer.com) and San Jose vs LA Galaxy (10 p.m. CT on ESPN2).

DC and NY tied 1-1 in Leg One. Houston beat KC 2-0 and San Jose beat LA 1-0. The team with the highest aggregate score advances.

Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg Two match:

PICKS:

Scott Brown: NY 2, DC 0 (NY advances); KC 1, HOU 0 (Houston advances); SJ 2, LA 2 (San Jose advances)

Robert Casner: NY 1, DC 2 (DC advances on PKs, 5-3); KC 2, HOU 1 (Houston advances); SJ 3, LA 2 (San Jose advances)

Mark Norris: NY 0, DC 1 (DC advances); KC 1, HOU 1 (Houston advances); SJ 3, LA 1 (San Jose advances)

02 November 1:23 pm

The MLS Playoffs begin the semifinal round tonight with all four series playing Leg One at some point over the weekend. Friday night is Seattle vs RSL (9 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Saturday features D.C. United hosting New York (7 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Sunday has two matches: Houston vs Kansas City (2:30 p.m. on NBC) and LA Galaxy vs San Jose (8 p.m. CT on ESPN).

In other words, lots of playoff soccer to keep you entertained. Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg One match:

PICKS:

Scott Brown: SEA 0, RSL 2; DC 1, NY 1; HOU 1, KC 2; LA 2, SJ 2

Robert Casner: SEA 2, RSL 0; DC 2, NY 1; HOU 1, KC 1; LA 2, SJ 3

Mark Norris: SEA 2, RSL 1; DC 2, NY 0; HOU 2, KC 1; LA 1, SJ 2

01 November 2:07 pm

The wild card round concludes tonight in the 2012 MLS Playoffs with the Western Conference Wild Card match between the Galaxy and Whitecaps (9:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Each round we give you the FCDallas.com staff picks & let you the fans vote on who you think will win. 

PICKS:

Scott Brown - LA Galaxy 1, Vancouver 2

Robert Casner - LA Galaxy 3, Vancouver 1

Mark Norris - LA Galaxy 3, Vancouver 0

31 October 2:11 pm

The MLS Playoffs start tonight with the Eastern Conference Wild Card match between Chicago and Houston (8 p.m. CT on ESPN2). Each round we will give you the FCDallas.com staff picks & let you the fans vote on who you think will win. 

PICKS:

Scott Brown - Chicago 2, Houston 0

Robert Casner - Chicago 2, Houston 1

Mark Norris - Chicago 1, Houston 0