MLS Conference Finals Preview: Home teams seek comebacks

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by RYAN BRISTER

Over the next few days, we will find out who will face off in this year’s MLS Cup. The Conference Finals got off to a thrilling start last week, and both ties are close heading into the second leg.

Of the four remaining teams, Colorado had the best regular season record, giving them the right to host MLS Cup should they advance. They are followed by Toronto, Seattle, and Montreal, in that order.

Colorado Rapids (1) vs. Seattle Sounders (2), Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN

Colorado and Seattle take their Western Conference final to natural grass and high altitude on Sunday. The Rapids have specialized in the 1-0 home win this year. That scoreline in this match would be enough for Pablo Mastroeni’s side. In the past, the Sounders have been undone by the first leg in conference finals; now that they have a lead, can they keep it on the road? 

Toronto FC (2) vs. Montreal Impact, Wednesday at 7 p.m. on FS1

After a topsy-turvy first leg, Toronto and Montreal will conclude their battle on Wednesday night. The addition of temporary seating at BMO Field means that Wednesday’s crowd will be the largest to ever attend a soccer match at the venue. Most of those fans will be hoping TFC can overturn a 3-2 result from leg one. That first leg set a record for MLS viewership in Canada.


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