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Underdogs surprise on playoffs and go to the MLS Conference Finals

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Nobody could imagine that it would happen in the Eastern and Western Conference semi-finals from Conference at Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The underdogs surprised in the previous round and won in three of the four semi-finals challenges. Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, and New York City defeated the rival even with a worst regular season and an advantage to play away. Only Philadelphia Union enjoyed playing near their supporters and won the game. The Finals’ games will be on the weekend.

Eastern Conference

By far the biggest surprise, New York City beat on PK the better team from the season, New England Revolution. NE made 73 points and had the best offense, with 65 goals for. But nothing of this was a problem for NYC. After a 2 – 2 tie, they won on PK by 5 – 3.

Led by the league striker Valentín Castellanos, with 19 goals, the team has the best offense among the franchises still in playoffs. New York is averaging two goals per game in the postseason. Now they will face Philadelphia, which defeated Nashville (1 – 1 and then 2 – 0, also on PK), and will have the advantage again to play the Conference Finals at home.

Best defense between the other four Finals teams, the Union showed doesn’t like to have goals against, neither on PK. According to Bovada, Philadelphia is the favorite for the win, with +145 odds.

Western Conference

If the Union was the only one playing at home to advance on Eastern, on the other side, both Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City fell os the semi-finals.

Current the best offense, like City, Portland Timbers defeated Colorado, which was the best team from the Conference in the regular season, by 1 – 0. Mabiala made on end the single goal. In the previous match, Portland had won Minnesota United by 3 – 1 and is also averaging two goals per match in the playoffs.

Rival on the following round, Real Salt Lake also made an incredible game, with a comeback victory, defeating Kansas by 2 – 1. Julio and Wood scored at the last minute for the win. Salt Lake is the biggest undergod in all the playoffs since they had beat Seattle Sounders on Round One, which is another good team, playing away on both opportunities. Albert Rusnák leads Real in key passes, with 79, and is on fourth from the league.

Considering all the franchises at this playoffs, Salt Lake had the worst regular season, with 48 points, the same as New York Red Bulls, from the other Conference, but RB fell on Round One against Phila. Salt Lake also had the worst defense among these teams, with 54 against.

Portland Timbers are too favorite for the Conference title and have -110 odds on Bovada.

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