MLS Cup Playoff Pick 'Em: Editors say Sporting KC have slight advantage in Houston

MLSsoccer.com's editors have been expertly picking matches all year (Armchair Analyst Matthew Doyle led the pack) and we're not about to stop during the MLS Cup Playoffs, which continue on Saturday afternoon with the Eastern Conference Championship first leg between Houston and Sporting KC (2:30 pm ET; NBC, Univ. Deportes, RDS2 in Canada). 

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

Editor Score Comments


Greg Lalas
Editor-In-Chief

DRAW
1-1

At some point, all the travel and scheduling congestion will get to Houston. That point is now. Still, they'll do enough to stay in it.


Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor

DRAW
1-1

The ultimate Dynamo score line. And Sporting will be more than happy to get out of BBVA with that kind of result.


Simon Borg
Senior Editor

DRAW
1-1

This heavyweight MLS slugfest will go back and forth with each team getting in a turn to deliver a few blows. Nothing will come easy in either leg and expect goals to come on scrappy finishes, set pieces or penalties. But nothing will be resolved until we get to Sporting Park.

Kristel Valencia
Editor FutbolMLS.com


1-2
I think Peter Vermes has finally learned the lesson: Claudio Bieler should not be on the bench. SKC will take advantage of Houston’s fatigue for playing three games in seven days and Bieler once again will score the winning goal.


Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst


0-2

I think this is Sporting's breakthrough. The Dynamo looked exhausted, and were bossed physically at times vs. New York. Perfect recipe for the visitors here.


Andrew Wiebe
Editor

DRAW
0-0

Neither team will be particularly disappointed with this result. Back to Kansas City we go.


Jason Saghini
Director of Video

DRAW
0-0

I see these two teams battling it out tooth and nail over the course of the two game series, but the first battle is a stalemate with neither team able to land a killer blow. 


Nick Rosano
Editor


2-1

Houston will get it done at home in what has become one of the most heated matchups in MLS, but Sporting should find a way to snag a goal and keep themselves firmly in the series heading back home.


Diego Pinzon
FutbolMLS.com Assoc. Editor


1-2

I fully expect Bieler to play/start this series, even though I expect Houston to go through to Cup. As he told us on Tiro Libre Radio this week, he and his teammates know he needs to be there. That said, if he doesn't start, can I come one hour before kickoff to change my prediction?