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mls playoffs: which teams will advance past knockout stage?

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mls playoffs: which teams will advance past knockout stage?

after an exciting finish to the mls regular season on decision day this past sunday, twelve teams remain with postseason play set to begin.eight teams will be competing in the knockout stage of the playoffs this week, with the other four teams receiving a bye. the level of parity that has existed this season in mls play likely means that each game this week will be competitive and exciting to watch.let’s take a closer look at the four games on tap, as we predict who will advance to the second round of the playoffs.new york red bulls at chicago firethe chicago fire ended the regular season in third place in the eastern conference, tied with atlanta in total points, but ahead of them based on the tiebreaker rules (total wins). while the team relies on dax mccarty, arturo alvarez and juninho, make no mistake that the engine behind their success is former german international bastian schweinsteiger. at age 33, he has played in many big matches such as this one, and the fire will be counting on him for his experience. he is listed as day-to-day with a leg injury, but we can expect to see him in the starting 11 for chicago.for the red bulls, they finished in the sixth and final playoff spot in the eastern conference, with a goal differential of +4. new york has a knack for keeping their games close, and this game will be no different. look for bradley wright-phillips and gonzalo veron to each score for the red bulls, as they beat the fire 2-1 and play their hometown rivals new yo...