Roundtable: Our 2016 MLS Cup, playoff predictions

SI's expert panel predicts how the MLS Cup playoffs will unfold–and ultimately who will be lifting the trophy on Dec. 10.
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The MLS playoff field is down to eight, with the four one-off knockout matches completing the field for the conference semifinals. The Montreal Impact, Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy and Toronto FC all advanced to the next round, and they'll host the New York Red Bulls, FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids and NYCFC, respectively, in the first legs of the conference semis, which are all slated for a marathon on Sunday.

The second legs will all be contested the following Sunday, Nov. 6, at the homes of the higher-seeded squads.

Now that the field is settled following the midweek elimination bouts, it's time to take a good hard look at the playoff field, cast an eye into the crystal ball and project how the rest of the postseason will unfold.

Read on below as our expert panel of Grant Wahl, Brian Straus, Avi Creditor, Alexander Abnos and Henry Bushnell predicts who will be lifting the trophy on Dec. 10–and a few more things along the way: