Both are huge games and the losers will be eliminated from the postseason at the first hurdle. The knockout round always provides plenty of entertainment and here are six key stats to consider for both of this evening’s games.
DC United vs. New England Revolution (23:30 GMT – Match preview & prediction here)
1 – Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings
Goals are to be expected in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoff opener at RFK Stadium. DC shipped five away at Columbus on Sunday and will be in trouble if they put in a similarly poor defensive display against an attacking Revs side.
Both teams have scored in the last three games between these two – something that has only failed to happen once in their last seven meetings. There have been 20 goals in those seven games so this should entertain.
2 – Bill Hamid has only kept one clean sheet in his last seven home appearances
One man expected to be busy tonight is Bill Hamid. The USMNT goalkeeper has only kept one clean sheet in his last seven home games and is set to be tested by a New England side that averaged almost five shots on target per game during the regular season. He will be hoping Sunday’s nightmare is behind him.Embed from Getty Images
3 – Charlie Davies has scored four in his last five playoff games
The Revs striker seems to love finding form at this time of the year. He scored four in last year’s playoff run to the MLS Cup Final and found the net in Sunday’s 3-1 win at New York City. New England’s leading goalscorer will look to shine here against his former club.
Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy (02:00 GMT – Match preview & prediction here)
4 – The home side has won in the last five playoff meetings between the sides
Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy meet in the playoffs once again tonight. The Galaxy beat the Sounders in the Western Conference final last year to advance to the MLS Cup but they did suffer defeat at CenturyLink Field.
Home advantage is always a key factor in the playoffs and recent history between these two proves it as the home side has won in each of the last five games. Given LA Galaxy’s terrible away record in MLS this year, it’s likely that will become six in a row.
5 – Seattle have not lost in their last eight MLS games – the best form of their season
Another thing in Seattle’s favour tonight is the fact that they currently boast the second-best form of any side in Major League Soccer. They took 16 points from their last eight games, going unbeaten. LA only took half that amount of points from their last eight.
The Sounders are in the best form they have been in this season and will be confident of eliminating last year’s MLS Cup winners in Wednesday’s huge knockout game.
6 – LA Galaxy have the worst regular season away record of all 12 playoff teams
The Galaxy may have won three of the last four MLS Cup finals but they travel to Seattle on Wednesday with the worst 2015 regular season road record of all the MLS Playoff sides.
Only Houston Dynamo (11) and Chicago Fire (5) picked up fewer points than LA (12) away from home this year and so they face an uphill battle if they are to retain their title.
How do you see Wednesday night’s MLS Cup Playoff ties going?