SBI staff's MLS playoff predictions

SBI staff's MLS playoff predictions

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SBI staff's MLS playoff predictions

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When it comes to MLS playoff predictions, there's one thing that the SBI staff can agree on — the 2011 MLS Cup winner will come from the Western Conference.

Which team ends up getting the job done is another story.

After sampling six SBI MLS writers, the Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake are the three prime candidates to lift the MLS Cup trophy at the Home Depot Center on Nov. 20. The Galaxy received the most votes to win it all (three), followed by the Sounders (two) and RSL (one). Four writers picked Sporting Kansas City to finish as the other finalist, while Houston and Philadelphia received single nods apiece to reach the final.

So how will the rest of the playoff bracket unfold? Here's how we see the conference semifinals, finals, and MLS Cup final playing out:

SBI STAFF MLS PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

IVES GALARCEP

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS 

Sporting Kansas City over Colorado

Houston over Philadelphia

Los Angeles over New York

Real Salt Lake over Seattle

CONFERENCE FINALS

Sporting KC over Houston

Los Angeles over RSL

MLS CUP

Los Angeles over Sporting KC

AVI CREDITOR

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Sporting KC over Colorado

Houston over Philadelphia

Los Angeles over New York

Real Salt Lake over Seattle

CONFERENCE FINALS

Houston over Sporting KC

Real Salt Lake over Los Angeles

MLS CUP

Real Salt Lake over Houston

JOSE ROMERO

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Sporting KC over Colorado

Houston over Philadelphia

Los Angeles over New York

Seattle over Real Salt Lake

CONFERENCE FINALS

Sporting KC over Houston

Seattle over Los Angeles

MLS CUP

Seattle over Sporting KC

THOMAS FLOYD

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Sporting KC over Colorado

Philadelphia over Houston

Los Angeles over New York

Seattle over Real Salt Lake

CONFERENCE FINALS

Sporting KC over Philadelphia

Los Angeles over Seattle

MLS CUP

Los Angeles over Sporting KC

MIKE NASTRI

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Sporting KC over Colorado

Philadelphia over Houston

New York over Los Angeles

Seattle over Real Salt Lake

CONFERENCE FINALS

Sporting KC over Philadelphia

Seattle over New York

MLS CUP

Seattle over Sporting KC

ADAM SERRANO

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Colorado over Sporting Kansas City

Philadelphia over Houston

Los Angeles over New York

Seattle over Real Salt Lake

CONFERENCE FINALS

Philadelphia over Colorado

Los Angeles over Seattle

MLS CUP

Los Angeles over Philadelphia

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How do you see the playoff bracket unfolding? Who do you see winning it all?

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