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

  • November 21, 2020

The 2020 MLS Cup playoff field is set with the 18-team postseason kicking off on Friday, Nov. 20 following the FIFA international break. The playffs will conclude with the 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 with dates, times and television information.

EASTERN CONFERENCE 

Play-in games

FRIDAY

  • No. 8 New England Revolution 2, No. 9 Montreal Impact 1 
  • No. 7 Nashville SC 3, No. 10 Inter Miami 0

Round 1

SATURDAY

  • No. 4 Orlando City vs. No. 5 New York City FC, 12 p.m. ET (UniMás/TUDN)
  • No. 3 Columbus Crew vs. No. 6 New York Red Bulls, 3 p.m. ET (UniMás/TUDN)

TUESDAY

  • No. 2 Toronto FC vs. No. 7 Nashville SC,  6 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • No. 1 Philadelphia Union vs. No. 8 New England Revolution, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Conference semifinals

NOVEMBER 29

  • Semifinal No. 1, 3 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Semifinal No. 2, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Conference final

DECEMBER 6

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Round 1

SUNDAY

  • No. 1 Sporting Kansas City vs. No. 8 San Jose Earthquakes, 4 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • No. 4 Minnesota United vs. No. 5 Colorado Rapids, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • No. 3 Portland Timbers vs. No. 6 FC Dallas, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN)

TUESDAY

  • No. 2 Seattle Sounders vs. No. 7 Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Conference semifinals

DECEMBER 1

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

DECEMBER 2

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

Conference final

DECEMBER 6

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

MLS CUP

DECEMBER 12

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

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