High stakes for six Ghanaians and their clubs in MLS Cup Playoffs

At least six Ghanaians and their clubs will attempt to book a ticket to the semifinals of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs as they begin postseason life at the single knockout round.

The stakes are high for these Ghanaians as the one off playoffs could determine their progress or otherwise of the postseason.

On Wednesday, winger David Accam and his Chicago Fire teammates will count on home advantage against New York Red Bulls who will be playing without Gideon Baah (yet to return to first team after recuperating).

Columbus Crew and their Ghanaian quartet – Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Mohammed Abu and Lalas Abubakar – will lock horns with new franchise Atlanta United away in an epic single knockout round encounter on Thursday.

Since joining the league, Atlanta have always been in the news for positive reasons and the odds favor them after becoming the first ever new franchise to qualify to the postseason. They will also enjoy a massive support at their favorite home grounds.

US Open Cup winner Latif Blessing who is enjoying a stellar rookie season will also play a part in Sporting Kansas City’s attempt to go beyond the single knockout stage when they also play away to Houston Dynamo on Thursday.

The best two teams in the Eastern Conference (Toronto FC and New York City FC) and Western Conference (Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders) have received byes to the conference semifinals as they await the winners of the single knockout round.
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