The 2018 MLS playoffs begin on Wednesday, October 31 with two knockout matches. The Knockout Round continues on Thursday, November 1, and the road to the MLS Cup continues until the final on December 8.
Three days after meeting on MLS Decision Day, New York City FC (3rd seed) and the Philadelphia Union (6th seed) return to Yankee Stadium for Wednesday night’s first Knockout Round showdown at 4 PM PT on FS1. In last week’s meeting, NYCFC won 3-1.
FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers are looking to bounce back from Decision Day losses in a 6:30 PM PT match that will air on UniMas and stream on ESPN+. FC Dallas fell to fourth place in the Western Conference following a surprising 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids (thanks, Colorado!). The Timbers held on to the fifth seed despite a 2-1 defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps on the road.
The top two seeds in each conference get a pass for the opening stage, so our beloved Seattle Sounders parents get to go trick-or-treating with their kids tonight. The two-legged conference semifinals start this weekend. Seattle will face the higher remaining seed from the knockout round games.
1. New York Red Bulls
2. Atlanta United FC
3. New York City FC
4. D.C. United
5. Columbus Crew SC
6. Philadelphia Union
1. Sporting Kansas City
2. Seattle Sounders FC
3. Los Angeles FC
4. FC Dallas
5. Portland Timbers
6. Real Salt Lake
How to Watch
New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 31, 4 PM PT
Location: Yankee Stadium
TV: FS1 and UniMas
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
NYCFC Injury Report: None
Philadelphia Injury Report: OUT: M - David Accam (sports hernia surgery)
10’ - NYCFC goes up 1-0 on this great one-time strike
HARD BODY SHRADI #MakeItHere pic.twitter.com/tWUZnK7roh— New York City FC (@NYCFC) October 31, 2018
26’ - David Villa makes it 2-0 NYCFC on a clinical counter.
4️⃣ in 4️⃣ for @Guaje7Villa #MakeItHere pic.twitter.com/o4vfpyzT73— New York City FC (@NYCFC) October 31, 2018
78’ - Super pass. Great chip. NYCFC go up 3-0
⤴️⤵️ @mmoralezoficial #MakeItHere pic.twitter.com/CVx9GtmITz— New York City FC (@NYCFC) November 1, 2018
83’ - Philadelphia get one back
Here's a look at that finish from Cory— x - Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) November 1, 2018
3-1 | #NYCvPHI | #FearNoOne https://t.co/ssRVWE8zEn
FULL-TIME: NYCFC wins 3-1
Dallas vs. Portland Timbers
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 31, 6:30 PM PT
Location: Toyota Stadium — Frisco, Texas
TV: UniMas, Root Sports NW
Dallas Injury Report: OUT: D - Kris Reaves (left foot stress fracture), F - Cristian Colman (torn ACL)
Portland Injury Report: OUT: D - Roy Miller (right thigh injury), GK - Jake Gleeson (bilateral tibial stress fracture surgery); QUESTIONABLE: GK - Kendall McIntosh (head injury), M - David Guzman (thigh injury)
22’ - A fantastic Diego Valeri free kick puts the Timbers up 1-0
What. A. Beauty. #DALvPOR // Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/yH79ctHjVq— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 1, 2018
57’ - Red card issued to Portland’s Larrys Mabiala!
71’ - Down a man, but Portland is still able to go up 2-0 on this Valeri goal
Down a man, up ✌️ goals. Take a bow, @DiegoDv8!#DALvPOR // Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/B37uT0WRCk— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 1, 2018
90 +4’ - Dallas brings it a bit closer!
90 +4' - The Captian scores!— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) November 1, 2018
Hedges cuts Portland's lead and makes it 2-1.#FCDvPOR | #BelieveInFCD pic.twitter.com/P8ryKeuocK
FULL TIME: 5-seed Portland wins 2-1 on the road to take down FC Dallas, but will be without Larrys Mabiala, who picked up a red card in the knockout round match.
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