MLS playoff predictions: From the knockout round to MLS Cup

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The Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs kick off tonight — no, I can’t believe it’s here already, either — which means it’s time for the PST staff to look into its crystal ball and predict who’ll lift the Cup on Dec. 6 (because the last time we made MLS predictions, it went so well).

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So let’s get straight to it — from today and tomorrow’s knockout round, single-elimination matchups, to the conference semifinals, the conference finals and MLS Cup, these are our picks…

Joe Prince-Wright

Knockout round

New England Revolution over D.C. United
Seattle Sounders over LA Galaxy
Toronto FC over Montreal Impact
Sporting Kansas City over Portland Timbers

Conference semifinals

Toronto FC over New York Red Bulls
Columbus Crew SC over Revolution
Sporting KC over FC Dallas
Sounders over Vancouver Whitecaps

Conference finals

Toronto FC over Crew SC
Sounders over Sporting KC

MLS Cup

Sounders (home team) over Toronto FC

Andy Edwards

Knockout round

Revolution over D.C. United
Sounders over Galaxy
Impact over Toronto FC
Timbers over Sporting KC

Conference semifinals

Red Bulls over Revolution
Impact over Crew SC
Timbers over Whitecaps
FC Dallas over Sounders

Conference finals

Impact over Red Bulls
FC Dallas over Timbers

MLS Cup

FC Dallas (home team) over Impact

Nicholas Mendola

Knockout round

Revolution over D.C. United
Galaxy over Sounders
Toronto FC over Impact
Sporting KC over Timbers

Conference semifinals

Toronto FC over Red Bulls
Revs over Crew SC
FC Dallas over Sporting KC
Whitecaps over Galaxy

Conference finals

Toronto FC over Revs
Whitecaps over FC Dallas

MLS Cup

Whitecaps (home team) over Toronto FC

Kyle Lynch

Knockout round

Revolution over D.C. United
Galaxy over Sounders
Toronto FC over Impact
Sporting KC over Timbers

Conference semifinals

Red Bulls over Toronto FC
Crew SC over Revolution
FC Dallas over Sporting KC
Galaxy over Whitecaps

Conference finals

Red Bulls over Crew SC
Galaxy over FC Dallas

MLS Cup

Galaxy over Red Bulls (home team)

Kyle Bonn

Knockout round

Revolution over D.C. United
Sounders over Galaxy
Toronto FC over Impact
Timbers over Sporting KC

Conference semifinals

Red Bulls over Toronto FC
Crew SC over Revolution
Sounders over FC Dallas
Whitecaps over Timbers

Conference finals

Red Bulls over Crew SC
Sounders over Whitecaps

MLS Cup

Red Bulls (home team) over Sounders