Despite being post-season debutants, Austin FC might just be serious contenders to be lifting MLS Cup on 5 November.
In just their second-ever season, the Verde and Black finished second in the Western Conference, just nine points adrift of the Supporters’ Shield winners.
This is an astonishing feat for Josh Wolff’s side, who will therefore be determined for the season not to peter out.
Austin are actually winless in three, drawing 1-1 with Colorado on Decision Day, but only lost three times at home during the regular season.
So, the Texans come into this first round tie as favourites to progress.
Real Salt Lake meanwhile have a bit of form when it comes to play-of upsets.
12 months ago, despite not having a shot on or off target, RSL ousted Seattle Sounders in this round on penalties, then dumped out SKC, before succumbing to Portland in the Conference Final.
For the second successive season, the Claret and Cobalt have ended up seventh in the west, thereby taking the final play-off spot.
Last weekend, Pablo Mastroeni’s team had to beat the Timbers to clinch a post-season berth and prevailed 3-1 at America First Field.
So, despite being hammered 3-0 in Austin just 32 days ago, Real Salt Lake will be confident of a surprise win.
With FC Dallas or Minnesota United awaiting the winners, who will be celebrating at Q2 Stadium?