MLS Cup Playoff Pick 'Em: Seattle Sounders heavy favorites for's editors'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 get started on Wednesday night with the Western Conference Knockout Round match between Seattle and Colorado (10:30 pm ET, NBCSN).

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Editor Score Comments

Greg Lalas


In extra time. The Sounders are struggling, sure, but the Rapids aren't exactly running on all cylinders, going 2-3-0 in their last five. And without Dillon Powers, Ozzie Alonso will own the midfield. Game over.

Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor


I'm not sold on Seattle's home crowd lifting their team, nor do I think the diamond midfield is the answer. The Sounders have given me little reason for faith over the past month. I've talked up the Rapids' potential, and I'm sticking with the big upset.

Kristel Valencia


It will be tough because of Colorado's speed in attack, but the home-field advantage will play a key role for Seattle this time. That crowd is a huge motivation for any team.

Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst


In Sigi We Trust.

Andrew Wiebe


The loss of Dillon Powers isn't a death blow, but he's the ideal link that ties Colorado's midfield and forward lines together. Without that, the Rapids will struggle to create chances at a venue in which they've never won. Advantage Seattle.

Jason Saghini
Director of Video


I think the nerves will be tense for both sides after some dicey recent results. But I don’t expect a wide open match. In the end, I think the Sounders' immense fan support and a few key difference makers on the field can create that one golden moment to advance to the next round. Rosales to Dempsey for the win, perhaps?

Simon Borg
Senior Editor


Without a tried-and-trusted system of play and absent a true playmaker – Mauro Rosales is not in form and Clint Dempsey is a scorer, not a creator – the Sounders will have trouble scoring against a Rapids team that should be set up for the counterattack. And with the speed of Deshorn Brown and Gabriel Torres on turf, the Rapids will be lethal.

Nick Rosano


Seattle aren't exactly coming into the playoffs on a great run of form, but the home field advantage and the momentum building from Clint Dempsey's first goal in rave green (not to mention his position switch) should see them comfortably past a Rapids side potentially missing an important playmaker in Vicente Sanchez.

Diego Pinzon Assoc. Editor


Despite their disappointing form toward the end of the season, Seattle has all the weapons to take over this Colorado team's inexperience in these type of match-ups. The X-factor for the home side will the experience its men have when decisive games come around. As for the Rapids, the key will be to take advantage of turf surface with through balls for speedy forwards Deshorn Brown and Gaby Torres.


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