Here's who's advancing in the MLS Mascot Mania bracket

Colorado Rapids mascot RapidMan in 2016

The MLS mascot matchup is getting serious. Last week, we announced the start of our own March bracket, with a “play-in round” to determine which teams’ official mascots would make it to our first bracket of eight. (In case you missed it — we didn’t start with a bracket of 16, because there are only 15 official mascots among the league’s 20 teams, and two of those are from the Colorado Rapids.)

We asked you to pick your top eight favorites. Here’s who survived this round, and will continue on to our bracket on Thursday, Mar. 24. They’re listed in order of most to least votes:

Kingston (Orlando City SC)
Timber Joey (Portland Timbers)
Q (San Jose Earthquakes)
Dynamo Diesel (Houston Dynamo)
RapidMan (Colorado Rapids)
Cozmo (LA Galaxy)
Edson (Colorado Rapids)
Slyde (New England Revolution)

….Yep, both Colorado Rapids mascots survived.

Here are the characters to whom we bid goodbye after the play-in round — it was close for the eighth slot.

Leo (Real Salt Lake)
Talon (D.C. United)
Tex Hooper (FC Dallas)
Sparky (Chicago Fire)
Spike (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Blue (Sporting Kansas City)
SC (Columbus Crew SC)

Check back on the site for the bracket on Thursday!