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MLS Forecaster: Knockout round projections

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MLS Forecaster: 2016 Playoff projections

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Emmanuel Boateng goal for LA Galaxy like Lionel Messi strike - Donovan

MLS Cup Playoffs: Emmanuel Boateng (26') LA Galaxy 2-1 Real Salt Lake
MLS Cup Playoffs: Emmanuel Boateng (34') LA Galaxy 3-1 Real Salt Lake's Russ Thaler and Andrew Wiebe are joined by Vancouver's Jordan Harvey to dissect LA Galaxy's win over RSL.
Emmanuel Boateng scored twice to lead LA Galaxy past Real Salt Lake and into the Western Conference semifinals.

LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has compared the first of Emmanuel Boateng's two strikes against Real Salt Lake to that of a goal Lionel Messi would score.

Boateng scored twice for Galaxy as they won 3-1 on Wednesday to advance to the MLS Western Conference semifinals.

Alan Gordon's opener for Galaxy was cancelled out by a Joao Plata penalty, before Boateng went on to hit two goals in eight minutes to secure the victory for his side, with his first strike, in which he weaved his way past a number...

Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard in LA Galaxy squad vs. Real Salt Lake

Robbie Keane's fiery attitude towards questions regarding the Galaxy's regular season are sure to ignite his squad.
The LA Galaxy are ready to defend their home as they face Real Salt Lake in the Knockout Round of the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
Despite a nil-nil draw, FC Dallas took the MLS Supporter's Shield, their second trophy of the year, ahead of the playoffs.

LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena says both Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard will be in the squad for Wednesday's playoff game against Real Salt Lake.

"Our decisions on [Keane and Gerrard] will be on game day, but they both look good," Arena told "They've both done a good job in training, and I expect them to be part of our team."

Gerrard has been hobbled by a hamstring injury for the last two months, appearing in just three of the Galaxy's last 10 league matches.

Keane has been battling...

MLS Forecaster: Knockout round projections

With the MLS Cup Playoffs field set, Alejandro Moreno and Brian Dunseth analyse the fixtures in the knockout round.

Sunday's Decision Day saw the final four postseason spots claimed and the seedings finalized for the MLS Cup playoffs. The matchups are set for the midweek knockout round, and ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) is ready as well, with projection for each round of the playoffs.

As always, SPI projects matchups based on its regression-based algorithm that is designed to be forward-looking. Here's what it sees:


MLS Forecaster: 2016 Playoff projections

Can FC Dallas hang on to win the Supporters' Shield without Mauro Diaz?

Sunday is Decision Day in Major League Soccer, as the final 10 games of the regular season kick off simultaneously at 4 p.m. ET.

A major trophy is at stake, as is a knockout-round bye in the East, and four playoff spots are not yet determined, setting the proverbial stage for plenty of final-day drama.

Here's what remains up for grabs, the scenarios for various clinchings and the likelihood of each event happening, courtesy of ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI):