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2011 MLS Cup Playoff Predictions

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The time has come for playoff predictions. The brackets are set, the teams are set, the times are set so let's get to the predictions!

Wild Card Round

FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls

Daniel: Surely the FCD collapse won't fall this far right? Everyone should be mostly rested and ready to go. Schellas had the guys ready for every playoff game last year and I think they'll be OK on Wednesday. There isn't that pesky scoreless streak either. I think FCD gets past New York 3-1.

Drew: Even though the Red Bulls got one of their two road wins in 2011 in Dallas, the Hoops should be rested and ready for this one. We saw how good Dallas can be on actual rest when they dominated the Chicago Fire a couple weeks ago. A rested Brek Shea will be unleashed this week and Dallas will ride on to the semifinal round against KC. FC Dallas wins 2-1

Colorado Rapids vs Columbus Crew

Drew: Neither team are on top form but the home field advantage helps the defending champs a good bit. Chicago exposed a few weaknesses in the Crew's midfield and back line over the weekend that the Rapids should be able to feed on. Colorado needs a big outing from Omar Cummings again in these playoffs. They should do enough at home to go through to the semifinals against LA. Colorado 2-0

Daniel: Colorado is so tough to beat at home and Columbus has been awful on the road. It's tough to look past Colorado in this one, though Columbus will keep it 0-0 until a late goal. Colorado 1-0

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Eastern Conference Semifinals

FC Dallas vs Sporting Kansas City

Daniel: This one will be as close as the matchup with RSL last year. One moment of magic could decide things one way or the other. I think Dallas leaves Frisco with a 1-0 lead which Kansas City quickly erases at home. The second half is a cagey affair. I think this one goes to extra time where SKC outlasts an exhausted Dallas team playing their third game in 7 days. 2-1 SKC on aggregate

Drew: This will be a fun contest to watch between these two teams. They split the season series with KC scoring a big blowout win in Dallas - while Dallas dropped in a nail biter in KC thanks to two assists from Brek Shea. If Dallas struggles to score it will be all over for them as KC is too good up front with Teal Bunbury, Omar Bravo, Kei Kamara and rookie of the year candidate CJ Sapong. KC does have some issues in the back that could come up though that Dallas can expose. I think if there is one series that goes to penalty kicks, it will be this one. FCD and SKC tied 3-3, SKC wins on penalty kicks

Philadelphia Union vs Houston Dynamo

Drew: The Dynamo are pretty hot going into these playoffs, while the Union continue to be a little up and down. If the Union can find a way to get their attack going early at home - they could pose a big threat in this series. Houston has to be tough defensively in this one. Philly pushed them around good at home once before and they cannot allow that again. In the end I like the Dynamo to get the win in this series.Their veterans have the experience that counts in games like this. Houston wins 3-2 on aggregate.

Daniel: Philly has had such a stingy defense this year, I think they'll win what will be a very tight affair that could see multiple red cards. Whichever team keeps their head together wins this one and I think it will be Philadelphia. The Union take a 2-0 lead to Houston and hold on. 2-1 Philadelphia on aggregate.

Western Conference Semifinals

Los Angeles Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids

Daniel: This one is a pretty bad mismatch. LA beat Colorado both home and away without Robbie Keane. I think the addition of the Irishman puts this one beyond doubt. LA wins both legs and advances easily into the WCF. 3-0 Los Angeles on aggregate.

Drew: The Rapids have to win at home, there is no debating that. LA is unbeaten at home in 2011 and have the advantage throughout the playoffs here. A healthy Landon Donovan, David Beckham and a rested supporting cast is going to just be too much in the end for the Rapids to deal with. LA has stumbled in the past in the playoffs but they should make quick work of a tired Colorado team. 4-1 Los Angeles on aggregate

Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders

Drew: Big time series between two quality clubs. Seattle is hot right now, RSL not so much. RSL will have to get the most out of Kyle Beckerman, who is returning from suspension. If he and Javier Morales can link up well in the midfield it will cause issues for the Sounders. Seattle is looking for their first playoff series win this year and should have MVP candidate Mauro Rosales back for it. As long as Rosales and Fredy Montero play well in this series the Sounders should have no problem winning it. Seattle wins 3-2 on aggregate

Daniel: Wow, the marquee matchup of the semifinal round. RSL and Seattle could easily be two of the top three teams in the league, but they meet in the semifinal round. This one could be wide open in two crazy atmospheres, but I think both teams come out looking to keep the other team off the board. Seattle has 3 Open Cups but 0 playoff series wins while RSL is looking for a return to the MLS Cup they won in 2009. I think the first leg ends 0-0 in a game that neither team will be showing their hand. RSL steals a 1-0 win on the road in a minor upset. Real Salt Lake wins 1-0 .

Eastern Conference Final

Sporting Kansas City vs Philadelphia/Houston

Daniel: The power of a fully functional Livestrong Sporting Park overwhelms a Philadelphia team that is spent from the last round. SKC jumps out to an early lead and rolls. 2-0 Sporting Kansas City.

Drew: Maybe not the sexiest matchup on paper but one that should be entertaining in some ways. KC should pack Livestrong Sporting Park for this one. The speed and the skill up front will cause issues for the Dynamo but if the men in Orange can counter, they will keep it interesting. In the end I like what Peter Vermes has done with his club and the speed should win out. 1-0 Sporting Kansas City

Western Conference Final

Los Angeles Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders/Real Salt Lake

Drew: Why this isn't the MLS Cup, we will never know. This will be a big time game for both squads and with all the stars on the pitch, it will make for a memorable conference final. The midfield will be the big battle in this one and it will come down to who ever makes the first mistake in the back. We saw LA buckle under pressure last year in the WC final against Dallas but I think the talent is going to be there and the hunger from guys like Beckham to win a title will be too much. LA Galaxy win 1-0.

Daniel: Can't look past the LA Galaxy playing at home in front of a sold out crowd with a home MLS Cup Final on the horizon. Beckham, Juninho, Donovan and Keane are just too much for an RSL side ecstatic from their win at Seattle. RSL will keep things close, but the relentless Galaxy attack finally causes Jason Kreis' side to crumble. 2-0 Los Angeles

MLS Cup Final

Los Angeles Galaxy vs Sporting Kansas City

-Drew and I both picked the same MLS Cup Final-

Daniel: LA Galaxy against Sporting KC, a matchup of the most star-studded team against a blue collar side that is playing some great soccer right now. SKC will come out and stun the partisan home crowd early, but the gap in quality shows in the second half. Los Angeles wins in a classic to take home the double. 2-1 Los Angeles

Drew: Big match for both sides. I'm sure by the time we get to this stage in the playoffs we'll go deeper into the match here. Right now I like LA to win it. The home field advantage is just too much to overlook. KC hasn't had to spend a great deal of time on the road recently after their long 10-game road spell to start the season. Playing LA in the final in a road game will be too much to deal with I think.

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