Who will advance to the MLS Cup final?

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By Sunday's end, the MLS playoff field will be narrowed down to two clubs.

No wild card teams remain in the postseason picture after the overall top seed Los Angeles Galaxy disposed of the New York Red Bulls Thursday night. As a result, the Galaxy and Real Salt Lake will renew their rivalry in the Western Conference final (9 p.m., ESPN), a rematch of the 2009 MLS Cup title game. The top-seeded Galaxy will host Sunday's match between two teams with plenty of history with each other and whose last meeting ended with David Beckham and RSL coach Jason Kreis getting into a postgame argument.

Over in the Eastern Conference, the top two seeds, Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo, held serve after their first-leg victories to advance to a conference final that pits two in-form teams against each other (5:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel). SKC hasn't lost in seven matches against MLS competition, while Houston hasn't lost in eight. The Dynamo's last loss was a 3-0 defeat at the hands of SKC on Sept. 10 at the scene of Sunday's final, Livestrong Sporting Park.

Which teams do you see winning those matchups and advancing to the MLS Cup final? Cast your vote after the jump:

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30 Responses to Who will advance to the MLS Cup final?

  1. emman says:

    Go Dynamo!

  2. c(note) says:

    Dale Dale Dynamo…..Dynammoooooo!!!!

  3. Murphy says:

    these are 2 great games. really happy that for once mls doesn’t have some team that got on a lucky streak going to the conference finals. LA vs. RSL is a must watch game, really looking forward to it. i think the quality of play will be great. no hacks on those teams and it should be a good one.

    KC vs. Houston will be a good match too. should be a great atmosphere in KC. i’d like to go to a match there.

    glad NY lost last night. they are not fun to watch, and they need to make some big changes. they looked way better last year i think. they need to get rid of marquez, everyone who said his red card was the best thing he did all day last sunday was right. NY in the 1st half last night actually looked good. but they couldn’t sustain it and i’m glad LA won.

    no doubt MLS is getting better each year.

  4. Dan says:

    Huge RSL fan, and I believe we can win, but on the road against LA is clearly the hardest draw you can have right now. If we get Borchers and Olave both back, it should be a really tight contest.

  5. downintexas says:

    If you get Borchers and Olave back it will be a great game (most likely). However, the cards are stacked against RSL without those two. Seeing how LA came back against NYRB and how they lost against Dallas last year, its LA’s game to lose.

  6. Neruda says:

    Yea Borchers and Olave are key for RSL. Borchers also adds a scoring threat on set pieces. Schuler is a good fill in. Should be a good one.

  7. Roberto says:

    it all depends on Beckhams back injury…. if he’s able to keep playing and at the level he has been doing, LA will be running the Champions lap. Whoever wins from LA RSL will be the next MLS Champ

  8. Roberto says:

    Very poetic Mr Neruda. But LA if they have the advantage even if they have less recovery time…the RSL also lost recovery time with plane travel etc.

  9. Scuba Steve says:

    Olave is also a scoring threat on set pieces.

  10. PetedeLA says:

    Just wish Donovan would step it up. Sure he got a penalty kick, and he saves a goal off the line, but he still can’t hold a candle to Beckham’s overall team performance.

    Magee is a great finisher.

  11. JJ says:

    RSL vs KC.

    I want to watch an attractive final. Houston can not provide that. And LA not winning it all again would make me smile.

  12. Vince Clortho says:

    Trying to focus on positive indicators:
    Shorter turnaround for LA.
    The flight from SLC to LA is less than two hours I think so I don’t think travel fatigue will come into play for RSL.
    Both starting CBs, potentially, have rested a whole game.
    RSL looking to improve on their latest performance.
    RSL wanting to re-play their last game vs. LA
    Better pitch conditions/weather to suit their possession game…

    Negative thoughts:
    @LA
    Beckham is dangerous
    LA’s ability to kill games when up 1-0
    Sideline shots of Bruce Arena
    Boneheaded redcards

  13. emo says:

    No hacks? WIll Johnson falls into that category. I have as much Galaxy burnout as anyone, RSL sure looked like a bunch of hackers on Wednesday.

  14. Neruda says:

    I was speaking with my friend Gabriel Garcia Lorca and he like RSL too in this match. We’re members of a dead poets society.

    Funny how LD was griping about RSLs extra day off but you’re right RSL has the travel to deal with which is not much but more importantly they have the away crowd too. I don’t really see any advantage for RSL here.

  15. Sweet Symphony says:

    All the respect in the world for Houston but it shouldn’t even be RSL/LA this round.

    Why the #1 & #3 clubs play each other while the #4 & #5 play each other is just another reason the playoff structure needs tweaking.

    ie: single table format.

  16. pd says:

    I disagree. with a healthy Brian Ching and an in form Brad Davis I think you’ll see a very attractive brand of soccer against KC. The defense will decide that matchup and right now I give a slight edge to Houston.

    Won’t matter though cause this is LA’s year. provided that no one get’s hurt to the point of not playing this is LA’s to lose.

  17. Louis Z says:

    I noticed that too. It seems like LD can only play in spurts.

  18. RB says:

    Agree on both counts: the setting is looking very compatible in terms of a possible upset in the East, but LA will win out whether it happens or not.

  19. Goalscorer24 says:

    For this next series is it home and away? Or one and done?

  20. marco says:

    Galaxy will need Beckham to win, while RSL will need both Olave and Borchers. Injuries will determine the winner.

  21. nick says:

    Another MLS Cup in LA…plus ESPN’s Galaxy-centric in-game commentary makes me not want to watch the remaining games.

    Glad I am not a NYRB fan, I would have wanted to break my TV watching ESPN broadcast…you would have thought commentators were official Galaxy reps, virtually all in-game analysis was from a Galaxy perspective.

  22. The 10 says:

    You fsailed to mention the travel back to SLC from Seattle. RSL played the second leg away from home. LA played the second leg at home and host the conference final – advantage LA.

  23. Benny Dargle says:

    I don’t know. The commentators were pretty darn complimentary to Tim Ream.

  24. The 10 says:

    The conference final is one and done at the home of the higher seed.

  25. Jason B says:

    One and done

  26. betamale says:

    Who is Dale?

  27. soccerroo says:

    even worse than you think. SKC is the 5th seed and Houston is 6th or 7th depending on the tie break between colorado and Houston.

  28. This Guy says:

    da’le

  29. RB says:

    That would leave them at 7th, then because they lost the head-to-head.

  30. Brent McD says:

    You have to think both higher seeds will be favored to advance, but I’d love to see a Dynamo / RSL Final. Vamos Houston!