MLS Cup Playoff Pick 'Em: Editors weigh in on 1st leg of Western Conference Championship

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 Sunday night with the Western Conference Championship first leg between Real Salt Lake and Portland (9 pm ET, ESPN, ESPN 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


1-0

With Chris Schuler healthy and in form, the RSL defense is as good if not better than ever. And I'm including the 2009-10 RSL defenses. Perhaps better than any others, it can handle Portland's pressure-happy attack.


Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor


0-1

I can't wait for the best tactical matchup in MLS for the fifth time this year. I just hope it's not like the drab 0-0 the last time these teams met in October in which no one could finish a thing. In my heart, I want a track meet. My head says otherwise.


Simon Borg
Senior Editor


1-0

RSL's midfielders will keep the ball a lot better than Seattle did and they'll draw a fair share of set pieces, a phase of the game in which RSL can be especially dangerous. That might be the only way the home team might nick one in the end, because there won't be many clear-cut scoring chances between two organized, detail-oriented teams that may very well cancel each other out.

Kristel Valencia
Editor FutbolMLS.com

DRAW
2-2
Jason Kreis is finally playing the ace under his sleeve with Sebastian Velasquez, who once again will steal the show at Rio Tinto, but Porter’s Chara-Valeri-Johnson trio is simply unstoppable and will find the way to break down RSL’s defense.


Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst


2-1

This one's going to be a blinder, one of the smartest and most technical games in league history. I'm counting the hours until kickoff.


Andrew Wiebe
Editor

DRAW
2-2

Nobody's backing down in this one. If their regular-season and USOC meetings were any indication, goals should be in the offing. Just not enough to separate two of MLS' most entertaining teams.


Jason Saghini
Director of Video


0-1

With Alvaro Saborio's availability in question, I worry about RSL's attack matched up against the Great Wall of Gambia. I think Portland make the most of playing a short-handed RSL, sneak a goal and leave Rio Tinto in prime position to advance to MLS Cup. 


Nick Rosano
Editor

DRAW
1-1

These teams have served up well-played, entertaining soccer throughout the season, and their fifth meeting of 2013 will be no different even if they don't rack up the goals. RSL could struggle up top if Saborio can't go on Sunday, and I like Portland to at least nick a draw here and put themselves in a good position for the return leg.


Diego Pinzon
FutbolMLS.com Assoc. Editor

DRAW
2-2

Caleb, Caleb, Caleb … What happened with those two Seattle goals at the second half? Too much confidence? He'll tighten up some screws in the Timbers lineup and lead them to the Cup, although this first leg will let RSL keep their momentum.