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2014 MLS Playoff bracket set

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By DAN KARELL

The race to the MLS Cup final on Dec. 7 is set to begin.

The New York Red Bulls closed out the 2014 MLS regular season with an impressive 2-0 road victory against Sporting Kansas City, setting up a juicy Eastern Conference knockout-round rematch as the playoff bracket is complete.

On the other side of the bracket, FC Dallas will kick off the MLS playoff schedule when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Western Conference knockout round, with the winner taking on the Supporters Shield winning Seattle Sounders this Sunday. The winner of the Red Bulls-Sporting KC game will take on D.C. United on Sunday as well.

Thanks to a late-season push with only one defeat in their last two months, the Columbus Crew finished third place in the Eastern Conference and will take on the New England Revolution starting this Saturday, with the LA Galaxy visiting Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference 2/3 matchup.

For the first time, both the Conference semifinals and finals will be decided by the away goals rule if the two teams are tied on aggregate at the end of 180 minutes of soccer. If tied in the second leg after regulation time, two 15 minute extra time periods will be played before a penalty kick shootout.

Here’s a closer look at the 2014 MLS playoff bracket and matchups:

2014 MLS PLAYOFF BRACKET

KNOCKOUT ROUND

FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (Wednesday, 9 p.m., MLS Live/TSN)

New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City (Thursday, 8 p.m., ESPN2)

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

D.C. United vs. TBD

First Leg – RBNY/Sporting KC vs. D.C. United (Sunday, 4 p.m., MLS Live/Univision Deportes)

Second Leg – D.C. United vs. RBNY/Sporting KC (Sat. Nov 8, 2:30 p.m., NBC)

New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew

First Leg – Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution (Saturday, 4 p.m., MLS Live)

Second Leg – New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew (Sun. Nov. 9, 5 p.m., ESPN2)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Seattle Sounders vs. TBD

First Leg – FC Dallas/Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders (Sunday, 9 p.m., ESPN2)

Second Leg – Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas/Vancouver Whitecaps (Mon. Nov. 10, 10:30 p.m. NBCSN)

LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

First Leg – Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy (Saturday, 8 p.m., NBCSN)

Second Leg – LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake (Sun. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

CONFERENCE FINALS

First Leg – Nov. 22-23

Second Leg – Nov. 29-30

MLS CUP FINAL

East vs. West (higher seed at home) (Dec. 7., 3 p.m., ESPN/UniMas)

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What do you think of the 2014 MLS playoff schedule? Who has the best path to the MLS Cup final?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Good to see that MLS is getting with the program and using away goals.

    RBNY must be shaking its head, would have won the series against the Dynamo last year if away goals were in place. Watch RBNY get eliminated this year on away goals.

    That franchise finds any way it can to shoot itself in the foot.

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  2. I’m predicting an fc Dallas vs revolution MLS cup. The worst game for the league and the two teams stuck in MLS 1.0.

    Hopefully we get a sounders vs red bull or galaxy vs red bull but I don’t think so.

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    • Why would you care what is best for the league ? This isn’t 1980, the league is here to stay for a while. The owners have plenty of money, they will be fine. Worry about what you want to see and enjoy the heck out of it.

      Dallas trying to avenge a few years ago when they were the best team, but couldn’t pull it off, and it would be a nice final against New England. Both with great young players. Exciting.

      Not as exciting as Seattle winning every game 5-0, but a close second.

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    • The MLS final is never a good game football wise. Not that many MLS game are but any game with some importance turns into a slow and painful hack-fest.

      Seattle vs LA it’s the most recent example.

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      • Kind of like every single time the EPL top four play each other, they just don’t want to lose it early on.

    • You think having exciting players like Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and Fabian Castillo showcased would be bad for the league? You’d rather see 4 aging stars Cahill, Henry, Dempsey and Martins?

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  3. This is going to be fun.

    Columbus / NE

    SL / LA

    Dallas / Seattle

    Are you kidding me ? Go ahead and pick em, because the other guy has completely different picks.

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