Major League Soccer playoff picture: Scores, schedules and TV information for every match

Jim Reineking, USA TODAY
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The 2020 MLS Cup playoff field is set with 18-team postseason kicking off on Friday, Nov. 20 following the FIFA international break. The playffs will conclude with MLS Cup on Saturday, Dec. 12.

As Supporters' Shield winners, the Philadelphia Union would host the MLS Cup if they advance to the championship game.

Due to a shortened season that had teams play as many as 23 games or as few as 18 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, points per game — rather than total points — was used as the barometer to determine the playoff field. Also, the field itself was expanded, with 10 teams from the Eastern Conference and eight in the Western Conference making the playoffs. In 2019, the top seven teams in each conference made the playoffs.

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Here is the 2020 MLS playoff schedule (playoff seeds in parentheses):

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Play-in games (Nov. 20):

  • New England Revolution (8) vs. Montreal Impact (9), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)

  • Nashville SC (7) vs. Inter Miami (10), 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Round 1 (Nov. 21 and Nov. 24):

  • Orlando City (4) vs. New York City FC (5), Nov. 21 at 12 p.m. ET (UniMás/TUDN)

  • Columbus Crew (3) vs. New York Red Bulls (6), Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. ET (UniMás/TUDN)

  • Toronto FC (2) vs. Highest seeded play-in winner, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. ET (FS1)

  • Philadelphia Union (1) vs. Lowest seeded play-in winner, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Conference semifinals (Nov. 29)

  • Semifinal No. 1, 3 p.m. ET (ABC)

  • Semifinal No. 2, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Conference final (Dec. 6)

  • Game at 3 p.m. ET (ABC) or 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Round 1 (Nov. 22 and Nov. 24):

  • Sporting Kansas City (1) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (8), Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. ET (FS1)

  • Minnesota United (4) vs. Colorado Rapids (5), Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

  • Portland Timbers (3) vs. FC Dallas (5), Nov. 22 at 10 p.m. ET (ESPN)

  • Seattle Sounders (2) vs. Los Angeles FC (7), Nov. 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Conference semifinals (Dec. 1-2)

  • Semifinal No. 1, Dec. 1 at 9 or 10 p.m. ET (FS1)

  • Semifinal No. 2, Dec. 2 at 9 or 10 p.m. ET (FS1)

Conference final (Dec. 6)

  • Game at 3 p.m. ET (ABC) or 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

MLS CUP

East winner vs. West winner in home stadium of team with higher playoff seed, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. ET (FOX and UniMás/TUDN)

PREVIOUS MLS CUP FINALS

  • 2019: Seattle Sounders FC over Toronto FC (CenturyLink Field), 3-1

  • 2018: Atlanta United over Portland Timbers (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), 2-0

  • 2017: Toronto FC over Seattle Sounders FC (BMO Field), 2-0

  • 2016: Seattle Sounders FC over Toronto FC (BMO Field), 0-0 (Sounders won penalty shootout, 5-4)

  • 2015: Portland Timbers over Columbus Crew (Mapfre Stadium), 2-1

  • 2014: Los Angeles Galaxy over New England Revolution (StubHub Center), 2-1 (extra time)

  • 2013: Sporting Kansas City over Real Salt Lake (Sporting Park), 1-1 (SKC won penalty shootout, 7-6)

  • 2012: Los Angeles Galaxy over Houston Dynamo (Home Depot Center), 3-1

  • 2011: Los Angeles Galaxy over Houston Dynamo (Home Depot Center), 1-0

  • 2010: Colorado Rapids over FC Dallas (BMO Field), 2-1 (extra time)

  • 2009: Real Salt Lake over Los Angeles Galaxy (Qwest Field), 1-1 (RSL won penalty shootout, 5-4)

  • 2008: Columbus Crew over New York Red Bulls (Home Depot Center), 3-1

  • 2007: Houston Dynamo over New England Revolution (RFK Stadium), 2-1

  • 2006: Houston Dynamo over New England Revolution (Pizza Hut Park), 1-1 (Dynamo won penalty shootout, 4-3)

  • 2005: Los Angeles Galaxy over New England Revolution (Pizza Hut Park), 1-0 (extra time)

  • 2004: D.C. United over Kansas City Wizards (Home Depot Center), 3-2

  • 2003: San Jose Earthquakes over Chicago Fire (Home Depot Center), 4-2

  • 2002: Los Angeles Galaxy over New England Revolution (Gillette Stadium), 1-0 (extra time)

  • 2001: San Jose Earthquakes over Los Angeles Galaxy (Crew Stadium), 2-1 (extra time)

  • 2000: Kansas City Wizards over Chicago Fire (RFK Stadium), 1-0

  • 1999: D.C. United over Los Angeles Galaxy (Foxboro Stadium), 2-0

  • 1998: Chicago Fire over D.C. United (Rose Bowl), 2-0

  • 1997: D.C. United over Colorado Rapids (RFK Stadium), 2-1

  • 1996: D.C. United over Los Angeles Galaxy (Foxboro Stadium), 3-2 (extra time)

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