MLS is returning to a mostly weekend schedule for this year’s MLS Cup Playoffs after experimenting with weekday games each of the past two seasons.
The league announced the schedule for its postseason party on Wednesday morning. The playoffs will begin with a set of midweek matches in the knockout rounds on Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1.
They will conclude with the MLS Cup Final on Saturday, December 8 in a primetime match broadcast over-the-air on FOX and UniMas. Kickoff for the season’s grand finale will be 7:30 p.m.
The Conference Semifinal round will be played over the next two Sundays, with the first legs being played on November 4 and the second legs on November 11.
Following an international break, the Conference Final first legs will be played on November 25 and the second legs four days later on November 29.
Here is the full schedule for the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs. All kickoff times, except for MLS Cup, are still to be announced:
Knockout Rounds – Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1
Eastern Conference Semifinals First Legs – Sunday, November 4
Western Conference Semifinals First Legs – Sunday, November 4
Eastern Conference Semifinals Second Legs – Sunday, November 11
Western Conference Semifinals Second Legs – Sunday, November 11
Eastern Conference Finals First Leg – Sunday, November 25
Western Conference Finals First Leg – Sunday, November 25
Eastern Conference Finals Second Leg – Sunday, November 29
Western Conference Finals Second Leg – Sunday, November 29
MLS Cup Final – Saturday, December 8 – 7:30 p.m – FOX, UniMas
Sunday, November 25
Sunday, November 29 (read: Thursday)
Haven’t some of the playoff games and finals already been on Univisión or UniMás? Those are network aka over-the-air channels for those in markets with local stations, and they typically provide an entire second team for play-by-play and analysis in English via SAP.
Fox is late to the party, but better late than never, indeed.
I don’t remember the final game being on a network channel before.
More people can see the Sounders take the Cup.
MLS Cup used to be on ABC every year. I was upset that ESPN wussed out and pulled it off in ’09.
Fox gives it a little more respect. On their turn to host it they have put it on Fox (’16 and now ’18).
If only people could see the Sounders play on real grass one day, instead of that vomit inducing fake turf abomination…