The Real Salt Lake-FC Dallas game was one of the finest Major League Soccer games I've ever watched. The Los Angeles-Seattle game wasn't chopped liver either.
But don't congratulate MLS for "providing" us these matchups, blame them for taking two worthy contenders out of contention with a ridiculous playoff system that "provided" us with Colorado vs. San Jose in the
Conference Finals. Only one of the top-four seeds (Los Angeles) has advanced to the finals.
This again only serves to prove one thing: The MLS regular season doesn't matter. I'm glad we spent 8 months figuring this out.
This is the last time I'll say it this year: The league absolutely should've reseeded the teams 1-8 before the playoffs started and attempted to protect the top seeds. Instead, there's a chance an 8-seed will reach the Finals for the third-consecutive year.
None of that matters. Today, I'm going to make amends for my poor prediction form.
A refresher on my pre-playoff predictions: I had RSL winning on penalty kicks, the New York Red Bulls squeaking past San Jose and Seattle "upsetting" the Galaxy. Um, not quite. If I were a politician, I'd have led with the fact that I completely nailed the Colorado-Columbus game and ignored the rest.
The Conference Finals start this weekend, time to start anew with predictions. Here's the schedule:
• San Jose at Colorado, 8:30 p.m. CT Saturday on Fox Soccer Channel
• Dallas at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. CT Sunday on ESPN2
One of those games is championship quality, the other is a matchup between the 7th- and 8th-seeded teams.
For what it's worth, I'll pick San Jose against Dallas, with Kevin Hartman and Schellas Hyndman's stylish and awesome jacket going all the way to the Cup.
I've pretty much assured that David Beckham or Conor Casey will hoist the trophy.
What do you think is winning the Cup? Do you even care about the playoffs now that Seattle is eliminated?