MLS Cup Playoff Pick 'Em: New England may be young, but editors say result in store vs. Sporting KC'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 Eastern Conference Semifinal first leg between New England and Sporting Kansas City (8 pm ET, NBCSN, RDS2 in Canada). 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


I like the Revs' skill and energy, but I like Sporting's skill, energy, and experience.

Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor


Strap in, because I expect this to be the best, most wide-open match of the weekend. Sporting are better on the road than at home and will be looking to force an away goal, but the Revs' kids aren't about to pack it in. Must-see TV.

Simon Borg
Senior Editor


Sporting are pragmatic and ruthless on the road and the Revs' champagne soccer is bottled up. More importantly for SKC, they go into a second leg at home with a lead to manage.

Kristel Valencia

I know the Revs have a lot of young talent, but it won't be enough (yet) to overcome SKC's experience in decisive games.

Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst


I think the Revs have enough to give themselves a puncher's chance in this series. A Kelyn Rowe bomb will give them a lead to take to KC.

Andrew Wiebe


Make it six straight that New England go scoreless against Sporting KC. This time Sporting join them, sending the series west with everything still to play for.

Jason Saghini
Director of Video


I expect things to tighten up in this round of the playoffs and I wouldn't be surprised to see the same 0-0 scoreline these teams played to in their last meeting in NE. But, behind the Revs' strong run of form to finish the season (4-0-2), I'll predict an Agudelo goal in a close win.

Nick Rosano


The first playoff game in four years at Gillette Stadium will have fans and players alike amped up, but Sporting will claw one back and prevent the goal-happy Revs from gaining any sort of advantage in the series.

Diego Pinzon Assoc. Editor


Peter Vermes' 4-3-3 will be put to the test against a young New England squad hungry to go through. But the experience of the best defense in MLS right now will prove to be the successful side in this one.



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