MLS Conference Semifinals to be settled Sunday

Published Saturday, November 7, 2015 6:39 AM by William Montero

Sunday will settle the deal. Four matches. Four teams MLS seasons will come to an end while four others will advance to the MLS Conference Finals to play for a berth in MLS Cup 2015.  Let's have a look at the four matches on Sunday.

New York Red Bulls v DC United (NTRB 1-0)
NYRB were the only one of the teams to go on the road in leg one and get the win as they claimed a 1-0 victory in the nations capital.  This one looks pretty cut and dried as the 2015 Supporters Shield winners look to be near locks to advance on home turf. It would be an upset of epic proportions if Ben olson's side can go to New York and knock out the uber talented Red Bulls. I am calling for an easy NYRB win 2-0 to advance to the semifinal round.

Vancouver v Portland (even 0-0)
The Whtiecaps went to Portland and came away with a solid 0-0 draw. They were unable to get the road goal though which leaves hope for the Timbers. Huge advantage to Vancouver though on home soil for the second leg where confidence will be high. Contain Darlington Nagbe on the break and I think they win a tight one to advance over their rivals.

Montreal v Columbus (Montreal 2-1)
The Impact defending their home turf with a 2-1 win, but Columbus got the road goal and are returning home. I don't think Drogba will be enough in this one as Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay take over. Prediction 3-1 to the Crew and they advance to face New York in the Eastern Conference Final.

Seattle v FC Dallas (Seattle 2-1)
The Sounders rallied to grab the win with a late Clint Dempsey goal.  Now they must head to Frisco where FC Dallas posted the best home record in MLS this year.  Most feel the Sounders were the favorites in this series despite FCD having a better season.  FC Dallas defendes home turf winning 1-0 and advancing on the basis of the Fabian Castillo road goal.

MLS Conference Final Predictions:
New York Red Bull v Columbus Crew
Vancouver Whitecaps v FC Dallas