The Major League Soccer playoffs start tonight with the first of two conference play-in games. Thankfully, just in time for those games, the rest of the MLS playoff schedule has now been set.
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Which means Kansas City fans can adjust their calendars: Sporting Kansas City will host New England on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. (It will be broadcast on KSMO-TV.) The first leg is this Saturday in New England (7 p.m. on KSMO-TV).
Tickets are available for next Wedensday via Ticketmaster. And, if history is an indicator, should go pretty fast.
The semifinals will be decided on aggregate goals (away goals are not weighted). If the two teams are level on goals after 180 minutes, two 15-minute periods of extra time will be entirely before going to penalty kicks.
The first knockout game is tonight (Colorado vs. Seattle, 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network), the second is tomorrow (Montreal vs. Houston, 7:30 p.m. on NBCSN).
In the Eastern Conference, the New York Red Bulls will travel to face the winner of Houston-Montreal on Sunday (2:30 p.m. on NBC). The second leg will be at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6 (7 p.m.).
Out West, the Portland Timbers will travel to either Colorado or Seattle on Saturday (9 p.m. on NBCSN) and the Los Angeles Galaxy head to Rio Tinto to face Real Salt Lake on Sunday (8 p.m. on ESPN).
The return legs will be on Thursday in Portland (10 p.m. on NBCSN) and Los Angeles (8 p.m. on ESPN2).
Despite reports earlier this week, Major League Soccer will observe the FIFA international break from Nov. 11-19. Which will mean a very large gap between legs in the conference championships.
The first leg of Eastern Conference championship is Sat., Nov. 9 (1:30 p.m. on NBC). The second leg will be on Sat., Nov. 23. The Western Conference first leg is Sun., Nov. 10 (9 p.m. on ESPN) and the second leg is Sun., Nov. 24.
The MLS Cup has not changed. It will be Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The team with the best regular season record will serve as host. If Sporting Kansas City reaches the Cup, it will be held at Sporting Park.