Which team will emerge from the MLS Western Conference?
LA. Bruce Arena is a genius man-manager who gets the most out of his team in the biggest games, and not just from his stars (as Ema Boateng showed midweek). With Dallas not being at full-strength and Colorado not having much playoff experience, LA is now the favorite out West and will deliver.
At the start of the season I picked FC Dallas to win MLS Cup, and it would feel wrong to abandon them entirely because of the injury to Mauro Díaz. He’s a fantastic player. But he wasn’t the reason for the pick. The pick was about the trajectory FCD has been on under Oscar Pareja—the philosophy, commitment, depth and style that seems to transcend any given player and which has put FCD on the threshold of a treble. Dallas will rally in Díaz’s absence, rely on the core of Matt Hedges, Carlos Gruezo and Kelyn Acosta and get enough out of Maxi Urruti and Michael Barrios to outlast flawed Western opposition.
FC Dallas has the depth and mojo to overcome the adversity and tough competition it's facing out West. The treble chance will present itself.
FC Dallas. Ultimately, nobody in the West is as dangerous in as many ways as Dallas is.
The Galaxy and Dallas slug through two games that mirror their matchup on the final day. The Galaxy go through on penalties.