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2019 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule: LAFC, NYCFC get first-round byes

The first-round playoff opponents are now set, and games kick off Oct. 19.

Major League Soccer’s regular season came to an end Sunday, when all 24 teams played at the same time for a dramatic 2019 Decision Day.

The first-round playoff opponents are now set.

The MLS Cup playoffs have a different format this year. All playoff matches are single elimination instead of having home-and-away series for the conference semifinals and finals. The change means MLS Cup will be played in Nov. 10 instead of in December.

Here is a look at the playoff schedule as of Oct. 8.

Round One

Eastern Conference:

  • Atlanta United vs New England Revolution – Oct. 19 (1 p.m. ET, Univision & TUDN, TSN, TVAS) 
  • Toronto FC vs D.C. United – Oct. 19 (6 p.m. ET, Univision & TUDN, TSN, TVAS) 
  • Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls – Oct. 20 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, TSN, TVAS) 

Western Conference:

  • Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas – Oct. 19 (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1, TSN, TVAS)
  • Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers – Oct. 19 (10 p.m. ET, ESPNews, TSN, TVAS)
  • Minnesota United vs LA Galaxy – Oct. 20 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, TSN, TVAS)

Conference Semifinals

Eastern Conference:

  • NYCFC (1 seed) vs. Winner of 4/5 seed Round 1 match – Oct. 23 (7 p.m. ET, FS1, TSN, TVAS) 
  • Winner of 2/7 seed match vs. Winner of 3/6 seed match – Oct. 24 (7:30 p.m., ESPN2, TSN, TVAS) 

Western Conference:

  • Winner of 2/7 seed match vs. Winner of 3/6 seed match – Oct. 23 (10 p.m. ET, FS1, TSN, TVAS)
  • LAFC (1 seed) vs. Winner of 4/5 seed Round 1 match – Oct. 24 (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, TSN, TVAS)  

Conference Finals

  • Western Conference Final – Oct. 29 (TBD, ESPN, TSN, TVAS) 
  • Eastern Conference Final – Oct. 30 (TBD, FS1, TSN, TVAS) 

2019 MLS Cup

  • Sunday, Nov. 10 — 3 p.m. ET (ABC, Univision/TUDN, TSN, TVA Sports)

See playoff bracket.

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