The Knockout Round of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs is here. This stage has produced some surprises in recent memory – both Eastern Conference road teams advanced out a year ago.
With that in mind, we turned to our MLSsoccer.com staff to find out which lower-seeded team they think has the best chance of advancing to the Conference Semifinals.
Which away team has the best chance at a Knockout Round win?
COUCH: It's Portland. The Timbers are rested, and FC Dallas could enter the match holding a full-on "I'm not even supposed to be here today" pity party. Given FCD's relative lack of single-moment magic – and any real momentum for months – the stage is set for Portland's stars to steal the show and roll right on to a Sunday semifinal.
STEJSKAL: Portland. The Timbers’ starters are rested, Dallas are in a downturn and Gio Savarese’s boys have been just fine against FCD this year. They’ve got two draws in two matches despite going down a man in both games. I think they win on Wednesday.
BOEHM: D.C. vs. Columbus looks pretty inviting for a road win given D.C.'s last trip to the postseason, though I think the vibes are different at Audi Field. So I'm going with the Timbers. As much as I respect what Oscar Pareja has done this year, his team are stumbling right now and Portland are well-suited for digging out a road result.
RODRIGUEZ: I think Portland have the best chance, based on Dallas' shaky form of late. That said, I still give the edge to Dallas and think home teams will win out in the Knockout Round.