MLS Playoffs: Knockout and Conference Semifinal Rounds TV Schedule and Matchups
With Major League Soccer‘s regular season ending this past weekend, the final standings have been finalized. Heading into the final weekend that featured many games that affected the playoff race, certain teams controlled their destiny, while others had to win and hope for certain results. On Monday, MLS finalized the TV schedule and matchup for the Knockout and Conference Semifinal Rounds.
MLS’ Knockout Round works similar to Major League Baseball‘s Wildcard Round. Basically two Western Conference and Eastern Conference teams, who are the fourth and fifth seed in each conference, will face off with the winner, advancing to the Conference Semifinal Round. Moreover, the Conference Semifinal Round will also be a one game series with the four winners advancing to the Conference Finals.
Below is the list of all games in the Knockout and Conference Semifinal Rounds and where and when you can watch the matches.
On Oct. 30, No. 5 Colorado Rapids travels to No. 4 Seattle Sounders. The 10:30 p.m. EST kick-off will be shown nationally on NBC Sports, and will also be shown on local stations Kong Seattle and Altitude 2.
In the Eastern Conference, No. 5 Montreal Impact takes on No. 4 Houston Dynamo Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8:30 p.m. EST. This game will also be shown on NBC Sports, as well as CSN Houston.
No. 1 Portland Timbers will host the winner of the Rapids/Sounders match. This match will take place on Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. EST and shown nationally on NBC Sports. The other Western Conference match features No. 2 Real Salt Lake against No. 3 Los Angeles Galaxy and will be the only match on ESPN in the first two rounds of the MLS playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. EST.
In the Eastern Conference, No. 1 New York Red Bulls take on either Montreal or Houston. Kick-off will start at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports. No. 2 Sporting Kansas City hosts No. 3 New England Revolution. The match will be broadcasts live on NBC Sports Nov. 2 at 6:00 p.m.
There are 10 MLS teams left playing, but after these two rounds only four will remain. Who do you think will win these matches? Let us know below in the comments.
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