All right, the playoffs are here and the match-ups are set. Sporting Kansas City gets the top seed in the Eastern Conference and, as a reward, will have to await the wild-card matches to know their next opponent and when they'll play.
The wild-card matches are FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls (Wednesday, 8 p.m. on Fox Soccer) and Colorado vs. Columbus (Thursday, 9 p.m. on MLS Direct Kick/Match Day Live).
Sporting will face the highest remaining seed; the Los Angeles Galaxy (the Supporter's Shield winner) will face the lowest. Kansas City can face any wild-card but New York; LA every wild-card but Dallas. (So, the Dallas-NY game is the pivotal game for KC.)
If Dallas should win, Kansas City will travel to Dallas for the first-leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinalson Saturday (6:30 p.m. on Fox Soccer). Should New York win, Kansas City will travel to the winner of Colorado/Columbus on Sunday
(6:30 p.m. on Fox Soccer).
The second leg, played at Livestrong Sporting Park, will be Wednesday, Nov. 2 no matter the opponent. (Time to be announced.)
Should Sporting advance to the Conference Championships, Livestrong Sporting Park would host it on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Full MLS Playoffs scheduleWild Card Round
• FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls, Wednesday 8 p.m., Fox Soccer
• Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew, Thursday 9 p.m., Direct Kick/Match Day LiveEastern Conference Semifinal -- First Leg
• Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City, Saturday 6:30 p.m., Fox Soccer OR
Colorado/Columbus vs. Kansas City, Sunday 6 p.m. Fox Soccer
• Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo, Sunday, TBA, on ESPN2Eastern Conference Semifinal -- Second Leg
• Kansas City vs. Dallas/Colorado/Columbus, Wednesday Nov. 2, TBA, Fox Soccer
• Houston vs. Philadelphia, Thursday Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., on ESPN2Western Conference Semifinal -- First Leg
• Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC, Saturday, 9 p.m., Fox Soccer
• Colorado/Columbus/New York vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, Sunday, TBA, ESPN or ESPN2Western Conference Semifinals -- Second Leg
• Seattle vs. Salt Lake, Wednesday Nov. 2, TBA, ESPN2
• Los Angeles vs. Colorado/Columbus/New York, Thursday Nov. 3, 10 p.m., ESPN2Conference Championships (single game)
• Hosted by highest-remaining seed, Sunday Nov. 6, 4:30 p.m., Fox Soccer
• Hosted by highest-remaining seed, Sunday Nov. 6, TBA, ESPN or ESPN2MLS Cup Final
• Conference Championship winners, Sunday Nov. 20 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., 8 p.m., ESPN