Staff Predictions: Sounders MLS Playoff Opponent

Staff Predictions: Sounders MLS Playoff Opponent

Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The most likely outcome at the end of Decision Day is that the Seattle Sounders will have confirmed their MLS Playoff place. In fact, SportsClubStats currently list the Sounders as having a 93.9% chance of grabbing an MLS Playoff spot.

The MLS Western Conference is still extremely tight and as a result there are a number of potential outcomes that could still play out. The Sounders MLS Playoff First Round opponent could still end up being any of a number of teams. They could also still have that First Round game at home or on the road.

Let’s take a look at how the Sounders Nation team think things will play out on Decision Day:

Chris Martin – Editor

Staff Predictions: Sounders MLS Playoff Opponent

Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Firstly, the Sounders will win their game against Real Salt Lake. This confirms an MLS Playoff position regardless of results elsewhere.

However, I think there could still be a few twists on Decision Day. The Vancouver Whitecaps are struggling for form at the moment and they could be the one to slip down the table. They’ve been clinging on to the top few MLS Playoff spots for a while now and could lose it at the last second.

Portland Timbers are finishing strong and they could still sneak 2nd if LA Galaxy fail to beat Sporting Kansas City in Kansas.

Prediction: Sounders finish 4th
MLS Playoff Opponent – Vancouver Whitecaps (H)

Dan Jensen – Editor

Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

This all starts with the Sounders beating RSL, so there’s zero doubt in my mind that the Sounders will sneak into the playoffs by the skin of their teeth. That’s still quite an accomplishment after an absolute disaster of a summer!

Unfortunately, I also think that Portland will get a win against Colorado, keeping us a point behind them, but I’m predicting an LA Galaxy DRAW to help us keep ahead of Sporting KC into 5th place.

Either way, the Sounders are healthy heading into the playoffs, and are ready to make a deep run if we can stay in top form.

 

Prediction: Sounders finish 5th
MLS Playoff Opponent – Portland Timbers (A)

Kyle Cockrum – Staff Writer

Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

LA Galaxy will lose to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday (but not by enough to close LA’s goal difference gap). Meanwhile, Vancouver and Portland will both pick up wins, their opponents just won’t be strong enough to spoil the party.  This outcome of all this is that LA will slip below both the Whitecaps and Timbers, but remain above the Sounders. This means Seattle face a tremendously challenging first round trip to LA for a one-off game with the Galaxy.

Prediction: Sounders finish 5th
MLS Playoff Opponent – LA Galaxy (A)