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The DSS Staff Predicts the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs

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It's playoff time! It's the American way of life. After the regular season the playoffs begin.

Personally, I feel that the MLS Cup Playoffs are a terrible way to decide a league champion and that the Supporters' Shield that is awarded to the best regular season team should be held in higher regard. That doesn't mean that I don't love watching the playoffs each year, because I absolutely do. Any time the best teams in the league get to play each other it's a great moment.

Since we don't have a dog in the fight yet, we decided it'd be fun to poll our staff and see who they think will walk away from 2015 MLS Cup as the champions.

If you're unfamiliar with the current playoff format it goes like this:

First Round: #3 vs. #6 seed and #4 vs. #5 seed in each conference in a one-game playoff.

Conference Semifinals: #1 seed plays the lowest remaining seed and the #2 seed plays the highest.

Conference Finals: Each winner plays each other

MLS Cup Final: Ditto

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Here is how the DSS staff sees the MLS Cup playoffs playing out. Give us your predictions in the comments:

Brendan Joseph Eric Quintana Aaron Bauer Chris Fuhrmeister Rob Usry Matthew Edmiston Jason Smith Jason Longshore Sam Franco
Montreal vs. Toronto Toronto Montreal Montreal Montreal Montreal Toronto Toronto Montreal Toronto
New England vs. D.C. New England New England D.C. New England New England New England New England New England New England
Seattle vs. LA Seattle Seattle LA Seattle Seattle LA LA LA LA
Portland vs. Kansas City Portland Portland Kansas City Portland Portland Portland Portland Portland Portland
East Semifinal #1 Red Bulls Red Bulls Red Bulls Red Bulls Red Bulls Red Bulls Red Bulls Red Bulls Toronto
East Semifinal #2 Columbus Montreal Montreal Montreal Montreal Toronto Columbus Columbus Columbus
West Semifinal #1 Dallas Dallas Dallas Seattle Seattle Vancouver Portland Dallas LA
West Semifinal #2 Portland Portland LA Portland Portland LA LA Portland Portland
East Final Columbus Red Bulls Red Bulls Red Bulls Red Bulls Toronto Red Bulls Columbus Toronto
West Final Dallas Portland Dallas Portland Portland Vancouver LA Dallas Portland
MLS Cup Final Columbus Portland Red Bulls Red Bulls Red Bulls Toronto Red Bulls Dallas Portland