The Conference Finals of the MLS playoffs are here. But which team is most likely to win the MLS Cup? Here, I power rank the final four teams.
We have reached the final four teams in Major League Soccer. In two weeks’ time, we will know who the MLS Cup winners are. And it will be one of four teams: Los Angeles FC, Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC or Atlanta United.
But of these four teams, which is the most likely to actually go all the way and win MLS Cup? And which are the underdogs simply hoping to a wild upset to sneak into MLS Cup?
Here are the power rankings of the final four teams, ranked in order of which is most likely to win MLS Cup.
4. Seattle Sounders
It is a little harsh for any team in the Western Conference, but such is the dominance of (spoiler alert) Los Angeles FC, it is difficult to rank the team they face in the Western Conference Final anything other than bottom of the group. And so, the Seattle Sounders slide in at fourth.
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The reason is quite simple: they have to go into the Banc of California Stadium and do what only one team has done all season. And then, even if they are somehow successful, they then have to face the winner of the East in MLS Cup, which is no easy game either.
The Sounders have the ability to upset LAFC. Their attacking talent is perhaps the only group comparable to the Black and Gold in MLS, especially when Nicolas Lodeiro is on-song. But their defensive vulnerabilities are concerning and will surely be exploited by Carlos Vela and company. The Sounders are a very good team, but they are playing a brilliant team.