MLS Cup Playoffs Begin Wednesday with Wild Card Match

Wild Card Matches: Red Bulls at FC Dallas on Wed.; Crew at Rapids on Thurs.

NEW YORK (Sunday, October 23, 2011) – The MLS Cup Playoffs begin this Wednesday, Oct. 26, when FC Dallas host the New York Red Bulls in a single-game Wild Card Match. On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Colorado Rapids will host the Columbus Crew in the other Wild Card Match.

Once the Wild Card Matches are complete, the lower-seeded winner will face the Los Angeles Galaxy and the higher-seeded winner will face Sporting Kansas City in two-game, total-goals conference semifinals.

Below is the MLS Cup Playoffs schedule with national television; more details to be determined:

Wild Card Matches (Home teams listed first):

  • FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls – Wed., Oct. 26, 9 p.m. ET (FOX Soccer*, TSN2)
  • Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew – Thurs., Oct. 27, 10 p.m. ET (Direct Kick, TSN2)

Eastern Conference Semifinals – First Leg (Home teams listed first):

  • FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City – Sat., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX Soccer, TSN)

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Colorado Rapids / Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City – Sun., Oct. 30 7 p.m. ET (FOX Soccer, TSN2)

  • Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – Sun., Oct. 30, time TBD, (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3)

Eastern Conference Semifinals – Second Leg (Home teams listed first):

  • Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas / Columbus Crew / Colorado Rapids – Wed., Nov. 2, time TBD (FOX Soccer)
  • Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union – Thurs., Nov 3, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2)

Western Conference Semifinals – First Leg (Home teams listed first):

  • Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC – Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 p.m. ET (FOX Soccer, TSN2)
  • Colorado Rapids / Columbus Crew / New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy – Sun., Oct. 30, time TBD (ESPN or ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2)

Western Conference Semifinals – Second Leg (Home teams listed first):

  • Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake – Wed., Nov. 2, time TBD (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2)
  • LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids / Columbus Crew / New York Red Bulls – Thurs., Nov. 3, 11 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2) BUY NOW

Conference Championships (single games):

  • Hosted by highest remaining seed – Sun., Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. ET  (FOX Soccer)
  • Hosted by highest remaining seed – Sun., Nov. 6, time TBD (ESPN or ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2)

MLS Cup 2011 – Sunday, November 20

At The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., 9 p.m. ET (ESPN, Galavision, and TSN) BUY NOW

* Games shown on FOX Soccer may be broadcast on delay in Spanish via FOX Deportes.