The quarterfinals for the MLS is Back Tournament are now set, meaning it's time for the experts to make their picks on who they think will emerge as the last one standing in a talented pack of competitors.
MLSsoccer.com's Susannah Collins, Calen Carr and Charlie Davies have all made their predictions, with Collins going all in a team that few probably would have put in this position at the beginning: Matias Almeyda's San Jose Earthquakes, who look to be hitting their top form at the right time, and would certainly make for a feel-good story should they wind up victorious.
If Minnesota United
head coach Adrian Heath was looking for any more fodder to motivate his players ahead of their quarterfinal matchup, Calen Carr has given it to him. Carr has LAFC
winning the whole thing, but on his list, he's marked the Loons as the least likely to advance.
Charlie Davies also has LAFC taking home the trophy, but he's high on the Portland Timbers
as well, after they advanced through to the quarterfinals with a penalty kick triumph over FC Cincinnati
. Davies cites the veteran pedigree of Gio Saverese's side as an asset that should serve them well as they look to make a run.