With the MLS regular season behind us, the playoffs get off to a nice and quick start on Wednesday night with Houston traveling to Chicago.
Sporting Kansas City will play the winner of that knockout match.
When are the rest of the games? What are the potential match-ups? What's the TV schedule? We can start answering those questions now.
First off: You should definitely try to attend the KC Cauldron's playoff rally on Tuesday at Crossroads KC at Grinders.Click here for more info.
Second off: Sporting Kansas City will get a national audience with the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals on NBC proper.
Knockout RoundEastern Conference
• Wednesday: Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)Western Conference
• Thursday: Vancouver Whitecaps @ Los Angeles Galaxy, 9:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
Conference SemifinalsEastern Conference
• Saturday: D.C. United @ New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
• Sunday: Sporting Kansas City @ Houston/Chicago winner, 2:30 p.m. (NBC)Second Leg
• Wed., Nov. 7: New York Red Bulls @ D.C. United, 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
• Wed., Nov. 7: Houston/Chicago winner @ Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (KSMO-TV)Western Conference
• Friday: Real Salt Lake @ Seattle Sounders, 9 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
• Sunday: San Jose Earthquakes @ Los Angeles, 8 p.m. (ESPN) OR San Jose Earthquakes @ Vancouver Whitecaps, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)Second Leg
• Wed., Nov. 7: Los Angeles @ San Jose Earthquakes, 10 p.m. (ESPN2) OR Vancouver Whitecaps @ San Jose Earthquakes, TBA (MLS Live)
• Thurs., Nov. 8: Seattle Sounders @ Real Salt Lake, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2 OR MLS Live)
Conference ChampionshipsEastern Conference
• Saturday, Nov. 10: East-Higher Seed @ East-Lower See, 2:30 p.m. (NBC)Second Leg
• Sat., Nov. 17 OR Sun., Nov. 18: East-Lower Seed @ East-Higher Seed, TBA (NBC Sports Network)Western Conference
• Sun., Nov. 11: West-Higher seed @ West-Lower seed, 8 p.m. (ESPN) OR Mon., Nov. 12 if at Seattle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)Second Leg
• Sun., Nov. 18: West-lower seed @ West-Higher seed, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS Cup 2012
Sat. Dec. 1: Hosted by finalist with best regular season record, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)