MLS Cup Playoff Pick 'Em: Editors unanimously predict LA over RSL...almost

MLSsoccer.com's editors have expertly picked matches all year (Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle led the pack) and we're not stopping during the MLS Cup Playoffs. Next up: Sunday evening's Western Conference Semifinal first leg between the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake (9 pm ET, ESPN).

Disagree with the picks? Make your voice heard in the comment section below!

Editor Score Comments


Greg Lalas
Editor-In-Chief


2-1

Donovan & Keane. Donovan & Keane. Donovan & Keane. It's like a broken record. For a reason, I guess. And they'll get it done in leg 1, but I see Saborio skinning Opare once to produce an all-important goal for RSL to take home with them.


Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor


3-1

So LA's backline is banged up. They made Tommy Meyer a postseason star last year, and they'll do it again with Kofi Opare this time. The postseason is a totally different mentality for the Galaxy. It's when they put the pedal to the metal.

Kristel Valencia
Editor FutbolMLS.com


2-1
Donovan and Keane at home. Enough said.


Simon Borg
Senior Editor


3-0

Jason Kreis and Co. will likely head into StubHub with a defense-first approach, but Donovan and Keane will run riot anyway. And RSL still can't score.


Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst


1-2

Both teams are something close to full fitness, so this will end up being an open, attacking game. RSL will find a pair of goals and put LA under real pressure for the trip to Sandy.


Andrew Wiebe
Editor


3-2

I have a funny feeling about Keane. Namely, that he's going to follow up last year's playoff heroics with even more fireworks. RSL will still get their chances, but it's the Irishman that decides the first leg.


Jason Saghini
Director of Video


1-0

Two talented teams on both sides of the ball with very savvy head coaches can cancel each other out often times. I expect a moment of brilliance from the Keane-Donovan combo to end up being the difference.


Nick Rosano
Editor


3-0

Expect the Galaxy to take full advantage of having the first leg at home and build an insurmountable lead to take back to Rio Tinto Stadium.


Diego Pinzon
FutbolMLS.com Assoc. Editor


3-1

As my colleague Matt Doyle would say: "In Bruce, we trust."