Will this be the start of a sixth MLS Cup triumph for LA Galaxy?
The Galaxy remain MLS’ most successful club, having lifted MLS Cup five times, although their most recent triumph came in 2014.
In fact, since then, LA have got no further than the Conference semi-finals, actually ending up below the play-off line in four of the last five season.
This time though, Greg Vanney’s team came fourth in the west, coming from behind to beat Houston Dynamo 3-1 on Decision Day.
Riqui Puig amongst the scorers in Texas; since the Spaniard’s debut, LA have lost just one of ten matches.
In Carson, the Galaxy are unbeaten in six, dating back to mid-July so, with home advantage here, will be confident of progressing.
Nashville though certainly cannot be underestimated.
The Boys in Gold ended up fifth in the Western Conference, maintaining their record of having never missed the play-offs.
Gary Smith’s side caused a real shock last Sunday, beating Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC 1-0; Teal Bunbury the scorer.
Now, across the city of angles, Nashville, who’ve never fallen at the first hurdle in the play-offs to date, will be confident of springing a Saturday night surprise.
Who will advance at Dignity Health Sports Park, with a trip to LAFC in the Conference semi-finals the reward?