UPDATE: The Columbus Crew will host MLS Cup after beating the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunday.
Despite finishing sixth in the Supporters’ Shield standings, the Seattle Sounders go into the conference finals with a chance to host their second straight MLS Cup. In addition to needing to beat Minnesota United on Monday at Lumen Field, the Sounders will need the New England Revolution to upset the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Final that will be played on Sunday.
Regardless of who wins the respective finals, MLS Cup will be played on Dec. 12 at 5:00 p.m. PT.
Although the Crew were the third-seeded team in the Eastern Conference and the Sounders were No. 2 in the West, MLS Cup hosting rights are determined by regular-season points per game this year. The Crew finished with 1.78 PPG, while the Sounders finished at 1.77.
The Sounders could have erased that difference with one result. If they had beaten the Crew in their March meeting, the Sounders would have finished with 1.86 PPG to the Crew’s 1.74. The Sounders also could have leap-frogged the Crew by tying any one of the three games they lost by a single goal, with the extra point moving their PPG to 1.82. Similarly, the Sounders could have boosted their PPG to 1.82 if they had won the match against the Colorado Rapids that ended up not being replayed.