After more than six months and 408 games, it's time for the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Almost half the league has been eliminated after the regular season, while LAFC and NYCFC have earned byes into the Conference Semifinals, and there are six matches on tap after a quick international break. But it's never too early to start seeing who has the advantage to reach the next round.
In short? FiveThirtyEight’s latest projections favor the hosts. Hosting a Round One playoff game, as assumed all season long, is pretty important.
As for the West, each game is a bit closer to 50/50.
The Seattle Sounders have been given a 66% likelihood to advance at the expense of FC Dallas, who went to CenturyLink Field last month and earned a draw. Real Salt Lake have the same probability to advance past the Portland Timbers at home.