We know that the New England Revolution will compete for MLS Cup next Sunday but we don't know who their opponent will be. The L.A. Galaxy visit the Seattle Sounders tonight with the winner hosting MLS Cup. While we wait for the 9:20 EST kickoff, let's play a round of Fill in the Blank.
This week's sentence: The best opponent for the Revolution at MLS Cup is ___.
Seth: L.A. Galaxy
The Revolution have quietly become career killers this season. The trend began when the team spoiled Dominic Kinnear's final game in charge of the Houston Dynamo. Next, the Revolution pushed the New York Red Bulls out of the playoffs, possibly ending Thierry Henry's time in MLS. Playing the Galaxy for the MLS Cup would mean facing Landon Donovan in his final professional game. While winning the cup would be a great accomplishment regardless, image the joy that would come along with a group of youngsters stealing the spotlight from Donovan.
Plus, California weather is beautiful.
Jake: Seattle Sounders
I'm just looking at 2014 results for this one. At the Galaxy on July 16th, the Revolution got shelled in their worst game of the year, a 5-1 blowout thanks to braces from Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane. Though that game came during the Revs infamous eight game losing streak and didn't feature Jermaine Jones (A.J. Soares was playing holding mid in a midfield diamond) the Galaxy's free flowing attack gave the Revs' defense fits. On the flip side, the Revolution punished the Sounders with five first half goals en route to a 5-0 win back on May 11th. The Sounders were coming off a midweek game, but Diego Fagundez exposed DeAndre Yedlin on the counter attack early and often. Furthermore, the Sounders are struggling right now to generate any type of offense. From a matchup standpoint, right now, give me Seattle.
Hemming: Seattle Sounders
As much as I'm drawn to the headline of dethroning LD and the furious LA attack, I really, really want the cup--and feel like the Sounders present the better matchup. Through three matches, Sigi Schmid's crew has only found the net once, perhaps playing a little too "smart" for their own good. Sure, they'll benefit from the return of Osvaldo Alonso and Lamar Neagle, but the Sounders are certainly not in top attacking form. Meanwhile, the Revs have scored 11 goals in 4 postseason matches, aptly "spreading the wealth" among a handful of contributors. If the Sounders beat this team, they'll need to score several goals, something they haven't proven they can do in postseason play. The Revs have a storybook ending in their sights, and I don't believe Seattle has the firepower to rewrite their conclusion.
So, what do you think: Galaxy or Sounders? Vote in the poll or leave a comment!