MLS Cup Playoff Pick 'Em: Cascadia clash too close to call as editors' opinions split down the middle'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 night with the Western Conference Semifinal first leg between Seattle and Portland (10 pm ET, NBCSN). Editors were nine for nine in picking Houston on Thursday night, but can they keep it up?

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Editor Score Comments

Greg Lalas


The Sounders found a way to win again, which will do wonders for their confidence. And their scoring touch. But don't worry, Timbers fans, it's just the first leg.

Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor


I still don't buy it. Yes, the Sounders looked terrific against the Rapids, but that was against a shattered backline and a team with a less-than-fit offensive fulcrum. This is the Timbers' biggest game of the season and they will be hyped.

Simon Borg
Senior Editor


A third match on turf in six days is just too much to ask of the Sounders, even with a full house at CenturyLink. And the Timbers will do what the Rapids failed to Wednesday: Execute at full-speed on the counter. 

Kristel Valencia

We know these encounters are tough, but Portland's momentum and balance will kill Seattle's energetic home-field pressurizing.

Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst


The Sounders look like they know what they're about (finally), but Portland have been so, so good at shutting teams down all season. This will be a scrap.

Andrew Wiebe


Cascadia stalemate. As much as I'd like to see both teams open it up, they're just too evenly matched in midfield. Inspiration for both comes down to Diego Valeri and Clint Dempsey, who'll each score or create a goal to send it back to JELD-WEN knotted at 1-1.

Jason Saghini
Director of Video


OK, throw out my last thought. Here's hoping an early goal opens this one up a bit. There is so much attacking talent on each of these teams it would be a waste to see a tight "playoff-style" game. … Let 'em play!

Nick Rosano


Seattle to draw first blood in this mouthwatering Cascadia matchup. It probably won't be enough when the dust settles at JELD-WEN Field on Wednesday, though.

Diego Pinzon Assoc. Editor


Upset? I don't think so anymore. This rivalry got even bigger this season, and Caleb Porter has everything covered, specially after witnessing from the stands the mistakes Colorado made. Heck, he even made his players train on Friday with American football lines.



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