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MLS announces schedule for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs

MLS will break for FIFA international match competition so the MLS Cup Final won't take place until Dec. 7.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

MLS announced the rough schedule for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, with the major difference being a break for FIFA international matches after the conference semi-finals.

After that, everything else is the same. The fourth and fifth place teams play in a single knockout game and the winner advances to the conference semifinals. The conference semifinals and championships are decided by two-game, aggregate-goal formats with the higher seed playing the second leg at home. The MLS Cup will be hosted by the finalist that finishes the regular season with the most points in the standings.

Here are the announced dates:

Conference knockout round Oct. 29-30
Conference semifinals
Leg 1 Nov. 1-2
Leg 2 Nov. 8-9
Conference championships
Leg 1 Nov. 22-23
Leg 2 Nov. 29-30
MLS Cup Final Dec. 7

The Sounders are doing their best job to make things as difficult as possible for scheduling. The original owners of CenturyLink Field have home games on the Sundays of Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 23, which will almost certainly push a majority of the Sounders' games to Saturdays. Luckily, the Seahawks are on the road for Dec. 7, so there will be no potential issue there.

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