The first two knock-out games are in the books for the 2012 MLS Playoffs. LA beat Vancouver last night, and Chicago was shocked by the Houston Dynamo the night before. So who's going to hoist the trophy at the end of it all? I asked the other writers on Burgundy Wave for their opinions.
We'll start with mine:
I really, really thought that Chicago was going to have a shot at it if they could get past Houston. After all, every single year a team that nobody thinks is going to do anything somehow sneaks into the final, right? Well, that's out for me so I'm going to stick to the prediction I made before the season even started and say the Galaxy will take on DC United in the MLS Cup final in a blast-from-the-past sort of game. DC have put together an unbelievable run of late despite missing DeRo, and I could easily see them taking it out of LA's hands, just like they did so many times in the old days. DC 2, LA 1 in the final.
Here are the other predictions, courtesy of my fellow Burgundy Wave writers...
The Houston Dynamo: because God hates us all.
I'll predict a first for MLS: The two big-market teams -- LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls -- will meet in a marquee MLS Cup matchup.
I predict it will result in a fourth Anschutz Trophy for the Galaxy. Nobody in the league can match the creativity that Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and David Beckham deliver in the midfield and the box. The Galaxy have even more weapons in Mike Magee, Juninho and off-the-bencher Edson Buddle, plus solid defending from the likes of A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez and goalkeeper Josh Saunders.
The Red Bulls boast Thierry Henry, Kenny Cooper and Rafa Marquez, but they lack L.A.'s depth and championship seasoning. As much as I hate to say it, the Galaxy are likely to add to their already impressive trophy case.
MLS Cup Final Prediction - Seattle 2 - Sporting KC 1
In their first three seasons in MLS Seattle has brought home some metal. This year they failed to win the US Open Cup and lost the Cascadia derby to Portland. They must be itching for a rematch of the US Open Cup game and this time they will get their win. As much as I hate to say it.
San Jose will win the MLS cup. They are head and shoulders above every other team in the MLS right now. And with the East being sub par when compared to the West (in my opinion) there just is not a team that can compete with them.
I think San Jose will win just because a San Jose MLS Cup really would be a natural disaster. (Virginia never actually wrote one for me so I'm paraphrasing what she should have said.)