Complete MLS Cup playoffs schedule released

Complete MLS Cup playoffs schedule released

MLS Playoffs

Complete MLS Cup playoffs schedule released

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By DAN KARELL

The 2013 Major League Soccer regular season is complete, and boy did it finish with a bang.

For the first time ever, the New York Red Bulls won a major trophy, taking the Supporters Shield title and with it, a chance to host the MLS Cup final at Red Bull Arena as well as a place in next season’s CONCACAF Champions League.

Following their loss to Toronto FC last Saturday, the Montreal Impact were on the edge of missing the playoffs despite their large lead in the Eastern Conference earlier in the season, though they were saved while the New England Revolution, and Houston Dynamo move on as well. The Colorado Rapids’ defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders’ draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy leave Sigi Schmid’s club in the mid-week knockout game against the Rapids.

Considering the up and down form of many teams that have qualified for the postseason, it should create an exciting and unpredictable next round of games.

Here’s a closer look at the complete MLS playoffs schedule:

MLS PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE (Team written first is host) (All times Eastern)

KNOCKOUT ROUND

WEDNESDAY

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids – 10:30pm – NBC Sports Network

THURSDAY

Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact – 8:30pm – NBC Sports Network

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CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS FIRST LEG

SATURDAY

New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City – 8pm – NBC Sports Network

(Sounders or Rapids) vs. Portland Timbers – 10pm – NBC Sports Network

SUNDAY

(Dynamo or Impact) vs. New York Red Bulls – 3:30pm – NBC

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake – 9pm – ESPN

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CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS SECOND LEG

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

New York Red Bulls vs. (Dynamo or Impact) – 8pm – Univision Deportes

Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution – 9pm – Local TV

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles Galaxy – 9pm – ESPN2

Portland Timbers vs. (Sounders or Rapids) – 11pm – NBC Sports Network

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CONFERENCE FINALS FIRST LEG

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9

Eastern Conference game – 2:30pm – NBC

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Western Conference game – 9pm – ESPN

CONFERENCE FINALS SECOND LEG

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

To Be Determined

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24

To Be Determined

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MLS CUP 2013

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

Eastern Conference finalist vs. Western Conference finalist – 4pm – ESPN/UniMas

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What do you think of this schedule? Which teams do you see having the best path to MLS Cup?

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