Friday, November 16, 2018

2018 Major League Soccer playoffs: Schedule, game times, TV info


USA TODAY

Published 12:57 a.m. ET Oct. 30, 2018 | Updated 2:13 a.m. ET Nov. 9, 2018

The Major League Soccer playoffs are underway, and will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 8 with the 23rd edition of MLS Cup.

With the defending champions, Toronto FC, not making the 12-team playoff field, this season will have a new champion. The Seattle Sounders reached the previous two MLS Cups and are a strong contender to make it to the league’s championship game again this season.

The New York Red Bulls won the Supporters’ Shield while setting a league record by earning 71 points on the season (eclipsing Toronto’s mark of 69 set last season). The Red Bulls have only made on appearance in MLS Cup in the franchise’s 23-year history, and that came in 2008. 

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PLAYOFF SEEDS

Eastern Conference

1. New York Red Bulls
2. Atlanta United FC
3. New York City FC
4. D.C. United
5. Columbus Crew SC
6. Philadelphia Union

Western Conference

1. Sporting Kansas City
2. Seattle Sounders FC
3. Los Angeles FC
4. FC Dallas
5. Portland Timbers
6. Real Salt Lake

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Eastern Conference, Leg 1

Nov. 4 – Columbus Crew 1, New York Red Bulls 0

Nov. 4 – Atlanta United FC 1, New York City FC 0

Eastern Conference, Leg 2

Nov. 11 – Atlanta United FC v New York City FC, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

Nov. 11 – New York Red Bulls v Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m. ET (FS1, FOX Deportes) 

Western Conference, Leg 1

Nov. 4 – Portland Timbers 2, Seattle Sounders FC 1

Nov. 4 – Real Salt Lake 1, Sporting Kansas City 1

Western Conference, Leg 2

Nov. 8 – Seattle Sounders FC 3, Portland Timbers 2 (Timbers advanced after winning penalty shootout, 4-2)

Nov. 11 – Sporting Kansas City v Real Salt Lake, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

CONFERENCE FINALS

Eastern Conference, Leg 1

Nov. 25

Eastern Conference, Leg 2

Nov. 29

Western Conference, Leg 1

Nov. 25 – Portland Timbers v Sporting Kansas City/Real Salt Lake winner

Western Conference, Leg 2

Nov. 29 – Portland Timbers v Sporting Kansas City/Real Salt Lake winner

MLS CUP

Dec. 8 – Played at home stadium of finalist with best regular-season record (FOX, UniMas)

KNOCKOUT ROUND

Eastern Conference

Oct. 31 – New York City FC 3. Philadlephia Union 1

Nov. 1 – Columbus Crew SC 2, D.C. United 2 (Columbus wins penalty shootout, 3-2)

Western Conference

Oct. 31 – Portland Timbers 2, FC Dallas 1

Nov. 1 – Real Salt Lake 3, LAFC 2

PREVIOUS MLS CUP FINALS:

1996: D.C. United over Los Angeles Galaxy (Foxboro Stadium), 3-2 (extra time)
1997: D.C. United over Colorado Rapids (RFK Stadium), 2-1
1998: Chicago Fire over D.C. United (Rose Bowl), 2-0
1999: D.C. United over Los Angeles Galaxy (Foxboro Stadium), 2-0
2000: Kansas City Wizards over Chicago Fire (RFK Stadium), 1-0
2001: San Jose Earthquakes over Los Angeles Galaxy (Crew Stadium), 2-1 (extra time)
2002: Los Angeles Galaxy over New England Revolution (Gillette Stadium), 1-0 (extra time)
2003: San Jose Earthquakes over Chicago Fire (Home Depot Center), 4-2
2004: D.C. United over Kansas City Wizards (Home Depot Center), 3-2
2005: Los Angeles Galaxy over New England Revolution (Pizza Hut Park), 1-0 (extra time)
2006: Houston Dynamo over New England Revolution (Pizza Hut Park), 1-1 (Dynamo won penalty shootout, 4-3)
2007: Houston Dynamo over New England Revolution (RFK Stadium), 2-1
2008: Columbus Crew over New York Red Bulls (Home Depot Center), 3-1
2009: Real Salt Lake over Los Angeles Galaxy (Qwest Field), 1-1 (RSL won penalty shootout, 5-4)
2010: Colorado Rapids over FC Dallas (BMO Field), 2-1 (extra time)
2011: Los Angeles Galaxy over Houston Dynamo (Home Depot Center), 1-0
2012: Los Angeles Galaxy over Houston Dynamo (Home Depot Center), 3-1
2013: Sporting Kansas City over Real Salt Lake (Sporting Park), 1-1 (SKC won penalty shootout, 7-6)
2014: Los Angeles Galaxy over New England Revolution (StubHub Center), 2-1 (extra time)
2015: Portland Timbers over Columbus Crew (Mapfre Stadium), 2-1
2016: Seattle Sounders FC over Toronto FC (BMO Field), 0-0 (Sounders won penalty shootout, 5-4)
2017: Toronto FC over Seattle Sounders FC (BMO Field), 2-0

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