Nov. 11, 2016
MLS Conference Finals Preview
The conference finals are upon us! In the East we have (for the first time ever) two Canadian teams playing the finals. The #3 seeded Toronto FC will be playing the #5 seeded Montreal Impact. The first game will be played in Montreal on Tuesday, November 22nd on ESPN. The second leg of that series will be played on Wednesday, November 30th on FS1. There is a lot of hate between these two cities and these two clubs. This should be an exciting series between two teams that have high flying DP`s. In the west we have the #2 seeded Colorado Rapids playing the #4 seeded Seattle Sounders. The first leg of this series will be played in Seattle on Tuesday, November 22nd on FS1. The second leg will be played on Sunday, November 27th on ESPN. We have two different identities playing each other in the west. The defensive Rapids will be playing the flashy and high scoring Sounders, which should make this an exciting matchup. Here is the breakdown and prediction of who will be playing in MLS Cup:
(4) Seattle Sounders vs (2) Colorado Rapids:
The first leg of this series will be played in Seattle which will be very tough for the visiting Rapids. Seattle is arguably the soccer center of the United States and winning there isn`t easy, just ask FC Dallas. I believe that for a majority of the first leg we will see a repeat of the first half of the first leg between Seattle and Dallas. There will be a draw until either Joevin Jones or Tyrone Mears can push up, cause problems, and get Lodiero or Morris open for a goal. I believe that Seattle comes out of the first leg with a 2-0 aggregate lead over Colorado. The second leg will be interesting for these two teams. If Shkelzen Gashi is healthy and available for the Rapids then the Sounders will have a tough time at Colorado. I think that the Rapids play a typical game for them including very strong defense. But in the end I believe Lodiero finds a way to get a goal across and this game ends in a 1-1 draw. In the end, Seattle advances to MLS Cup with a 3-1 win in aggregate. Lodiero is key.
(3) Toronot FC vs (5) Montreal Impact:
This is a true Canadian rivalry. The first leg of this series will be played in Montreal. When looking at the Montreal defense some people may think they are capable of slowing down the Toronto attack becuase of their performance against Wright-Phillps and Kljestan, I am not one of those people. Giovinco is a very special player and Jozy Altidore is in the best form of any player in the league. Ciman and Bush will have to be on top of their game to hold this TFC squad to one of two goals at home. I think that after the first leg TFC will hold a 2-1 lead on aggregate with two away goals. The second leg in Toronto will be similar. When you give Giovinco, Altidore, Osorio, and Bradley a home field advantage it is hard to beat them. I do give Montreal a chance due to the recent form of Mancuso and Piatti but in the end I believe that TFC wins this game 3-1. At the end of this series I believe that Toronto FC moves on 5-2 on aggregate with two away goals.