The 2016 MLS Playoffs
The 2016 MLS Playoffs got underway Wednesday, Oct. 26. Eight teams battled in the knockout round, with four advancing to the conference semifinals, which are played over two legs. The two winners from each conference will then meet in the conference finals, for a chance to play in the MLS Cup. This year's MLS Cup will take place Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.
In the MLS playoffs the No. 3 through No. 6 seeds in each conference play a single match to determine who will advance to the conference semifinals. This year in the Western Conference No. 3 LA Galaxy hosted No. 6 Real Salt Lake, while No. 4 Seattle Sounders hosted No. 5 Sporting Kansas City. Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference No. 3 Toronto FC hosted No. 6 Philadelphia Union, and No. 4 D.C. United hosted No. 5 Montreal Impact.
These matches took place on the nights of Wednesday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Oct. 27.
The No. 5 seeded Montreal Impact were the only team to pull off an upset in the knockout round, as the LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC all advanced.
This year's Western Conference Semifinals pit No. 1 FC Dallas against No. 4 Seattle Sounders, and No. 2 Colorado Rapids against No. 3 LA Galaxy. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals No. 1 New York Red Bulls battles No. 5 Montreal Impact, and No. 2 New York City FC took on No. 3 Toronto FC.
The first leg took place on Oct. 30, and the second leg took place a week later on Nov. 6.
In the Eastern Conference it was the two Canadian teams who pulled the upsets over the New York squads, with Toronto winning 7-0 on aggregate and Montreal winning 3-1 on aggregate. The Western Conference featured an upset too, as the No. 1 seed FC Dallas was defeated by No. 4 Seattle 4-2. No. 2 Colorado also advanced on penalty kicks.
The Eastern Conference Final between No. 3 Toronto FC and No. 5 Montreal Impact will take place on Nov. 22 and Nov. 30. The Western Conference Final between No. 2 Colorado Rapids and No. 4 Seattle Sounders will take place on Nov. 22 and Nov. 27. The winners of these two conference finals will advance to the MLS Cup.
The MLS Cup will take place Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET