2020 MLS Playoff Preview



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode, we break down the first round of the 2020 MLS Playoffs. We give our picks, predictions, and what to look for in each game. Take a look at our notes and give us your thoughts:

Nashville Miami
Record 8W-7L-8T

24GF, 22GA

7W-13L-3T

25GF, 35GA

H2H 1W, 1D vs. Miami 1L, 1D vs. Nashville
Notes Do it on Defense

3rd best GA in league (PHI, COL)

xGA: 25.5, Goals Allowed: 22

Back line leads in minutes: top 5 minutes this season are Romney (D),
Willis (GK), Zimmerman (D), Lovitz (D), McCarty (DM)

Star Power

Morgan: 5G, 5A

Pizarro: 4G, 4A

Brek Shea: 4G

Rest of team: 11G, 9A

Pick Nick: Nashville Mike: Nashville

New England Montreal
Record 8W-7L-8T

26GF, 25GA

8W-13L-2T

33GF, 43GA

H2H 3W vs. Montreal 1W vs. NE
Notes Supporting Cast

-How Fagundez, Manneh, Rowe, Nguyen,
Buchanan play will determine the outcome

-Bou, Gil may not be 100% d/t injury

Can Thiery Henry pull something out of his hat?

Is Bojan for real or overhyped? He needs touches, needs the ball. .

Pick Nick: New England Mike: New England

 

Orlando City NYCFC
Record 11W-4L-8T

40GF, 25GA

12W-8L-3T

37GF, 25GA

H2H 1W, 1D vs. NYC 1L, 1D vs. OC
Notes Handle the Pressure?

-1st MLS playoff game

-Evenly matched.

-1 loss in 10 home games this season.

Lineups

-Tajouri Shradi off the bench or start?
Hasn’t started, NYCFC scoring.

-Can OC lockdown Moralez?

-Alex Callens, CB, called up to Peru

Pick Nick: NYCFC in a high scoring match Mike: NYCFC

 

Columbus Red Bulls
Record 12W-6L-5T

36GF, 31GA

9W-9L-5D

29GF, 31GA

H2H 1W vs. RBNY 1L vs. Crew
Notes Caleb Porter system, Crew a complete team.

Who’s the best on the team? Can argue for Zardes, Zelarayan (Newcomer of the Year), Pedro, Nagbe, Artur

High Press

Defense needs to hold and they need to turn over Crew, otherwise Crew going to run all over them. Crew’s style can beat the press.

Pick Nick: Crew Mike: Crew

 

Sporting KC San Jose
Record 12W-6L-3T

38GF, 25GA

8W-9L-6D

35GF, 51GA

H2H DNP in 2020 DNP in 2020
Notes SKC finish top of West

Best team in the West, at home with fans. Will the Defense show up?  A question this year.

Which team shows up?

SJ who beat LAFC or the SJ who lost to Vancouver? Will Almeyda’s men rally for their coach?

Pick Nick: Sporting KC Mike: Sporting KC

 

MNUFC Colorado
Record 9W-5L-7T

36GF, 26GA

8W-6L-4T

32GF, 28GA

H2H 2W, 1D vs. Rapids 2L, 1D vs. MN
Notes Offense Shows Up?

-Lod (Finland), Gregus (Slovakia), Kamara (Sierra Leone),
Metanire (Madagascar) all likely miss game d/t Covid protocols/quarantine

-1.7 goals/game

Game ready?

-played least amount of games this season (18)

-Robin Fraser 1 of 2 Rapids coach above .500 (13-8-4).

-Gary Smith (34-27-33)

Pick Nick: MNUFC Mike: Colorado

 

Portland Dallas
Record 11W-6L-6T

46GF, 23GA – 2nd most goals scored in the league (LAFC)

9W-6L-7T

28GF, 24GA

H2H DNP in 2020 DNP in 2020
Notes Depth

-Carried them throughout the season, will continue

-no drop off production after Blanco injury

Play their best

-only their best will beat Portland

-ended season winning 3/4

Pick Nick: Portland Mike: Portland
Seattle LAFC
Record 11W-5L-6T

44GF, 23GA

(best goal diff in West)

9W-8L-5T

47GF, 39GA

(worst finish in 3 seasons)

H2H 2W, 2L vs. LAFC (1 L in MLSisBack Tourney knockouts) 2W, 2L, vs. LAFC (1 W in MLSisBack Tourney knockouts)
Notes Experience, depth, and coaching Playoff Monkey

Bradley’s frustrations affect his team?

Rossi fit to play?

Vela have some magic?

Pick Nick: Seattle Mike: Seattle