Two berths to the MLS Cup is on the line this Sunday, when the four teams remaining in MLS Cup Playoffs face off in the Eastern and Western Conference finals.

In the Western Conference, No. 1 overall seed and Supporters’ Shield winner, Los Angeles FC, will host No. 2 seed Austin FC at Banc of California Stadium (3 p.m. ET, ABC / ESPN3 / TSN / TVA Sports).

In the nightcap, the top-seeded Philadelphia Union will welcome defending MLS Cup champion New York City FC to Subaru Park (8 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN / TVA Sports) in a rematch of the 2021 Eastern Conference final, which saw NYCFC emerge as 2-1 winners.

No. 1 seeds LAFC and Philadelphia Union look to overturn historic trend

For the first time since 2018, the top seeds in both conferences have advanced to the conference Finals, as the Union in the East and LAFC in the West will look to make history. Both top seeds, along with Western Conference finalist Austin FC, are searching for the first MLS Cup berth in their respective club histories. However, to do so, they will need to buck a recent trend that has proved challenging for top-seeded clubs.

The last time that the No. 1 seeds in both conferences met in MLS Cup was 2003, when the San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Chicago Fire, 4-2, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Home sweet home in the playoffs

Home has been sweet throughout the playoffs, as host teams have won eight of the 10 matches through the first two rounds of the postseason.

The Union, who were unbeaten at home during the regular season with a 12-0-5 record, will look to continue their blemish-free home slate. However, they will need to defeat the defending MLS Cup champions, New York City FC, which was also the last team to win an MLS match at Philadelphia’s Subaru Park, a 2-1 victory in the 2021 Eastern Conference final.

Winners of 10 of their last 11 matches (including the postseason) played at Banc of California Stadium, LAFC will look to continue their home cooking against Austin FC on Sunday and secure home-field advantage in MLS Cup. Austin FC dealt LAFC one of their two home losses on the year, a 2-1 victory on May 18, 2022.

New York City FC has eyes set on repeat

With their 3-1 victory at CF Montréal in the Conference Semifinals last week, New York City FC became only the third team since 2010 to reach the Conference final in the season after winning MLS Cup. Under the direction of an interim head coach and with players stepping up across the pitch, NYCFC has their eyes set on becoming the fourth team to repeat as MLS Cup champion and the first to do so since the 2011-12 LA Galaxy.

Austin FC continues storybook second season

After finishing in 12th place in the Western Conference in their debut season in 2021, Austin FC continues to write the story of their sensational second season after advancing to the first Western Conference Final in club history with a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas last week. Austin FC is just the fourth expansion team since 2000 to advance to the Conference Finals in their first postseason appearance.

History is on Austin’s side, as No. 2 seeds have advanced to MLS Cup on nine occasions since 2012 – four more than the next-closest seed – and produced four champions, most recently 2019 Seattle Sounders FC.

As the second-year standout looks to continue their superb sophomore season, they will turn to midfielder Sebastián Driussi, who leads postseason scorers with three goals after producing a career-best 22 goals during the regular season.