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After a long 34 match campaign the sheild was decided with new York edging Dallas on tie breakers after being level on points.  Now focus shifts to the playoffs and the battle for MLS Cup!

First round is one off, with winners advancing to quarter finals.  Quarterfinals and semifinals are two leg aggregate and the final (hosted by higher seed) is a one off.

Matches start Wednesday and Thursday.  While obviously for me the big match is DC United's season continuing or not, I'd say most neutrals find defending champions Los Angeles going to Seattle to be the big draw.

Predictions for first round knock outs.

Seattle 2-1 Los Angeles
Portland 2-0 Kansas City
Montreal 2-2 (4-5) Toronto
DC United 1-0 New England (I hope)

Over all for the final it is really hard to say given various sides run of form, but I'll say Dallas finally lift the cup beating Columbus.