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Unlike most major international soccer leagues, the MLS crowns its champion based on the results of a post-season. The MLS Cup Playoffs include 14 of the league’s 24 teams, seven each from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference. The top seeded team from each conference receives a bye into the Conference Semifinals. The remaining teams play single game elimination matches hosted by the higher seed and the winners advance to the conference semifinals without reseeding. The Conference Semifinals, Conference Finals and MLS Cup final itself are all single elimination matches as well.
MLS Cup Playoffs History
The MLS Cup Playoffs were first held in 1996, with D.C. United defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Cup final by a score of 3-2 after coming back from a two-goal deficit and scoring the winner in the golden goal overtime period. D.C. United went on to win two of the next three MLS Cup finals, losing to the Chicago Fire in the final match in 1998, marking the start of the MLS with a dominant run. Following D.C. United’s three-title run, the league continued expanding, and while the MLS Cup Playoffs consisted of eight teams until 2010, the league made the move to a ten-team playoff in 2011, which grew once again to twelve teams in 2015.
While D.C. United was undoubtedly the top team in the league in its early stages, and won a subsequent MLS Cup final in 2004, the Los Angeles Galaxy has reigned victorious more than any other MLS team with five titles to its name.
How much do MLS Playoffs tickets cost?
The price of MLS Playoff tickets can vary greatly, both by location and by round. Last season, MLS Playoffs tickets resold for as low as under $50 on average for early rounds of the playoffs, and about $300 on average for the MLS Cup Final.
How to buy MLS Playoffs tickets
SeatGeek is the best way to browse, find, and buy MLS Playoffs tickets.
- Browse the listings of MLS Playoffs games to find one you would like to attend. Once you find the perfect date and game, click on the green button on the right hand side of the screen to see all available tickets for that game.
- Next, explore all available tickets on the left hand side of the screen. Filters at the bottom of the page allow tickets to be sorted by price, or by SeatGeek’s Deal Score feature, which ranks tickets by value and tells you exactly how good of a deal you're looking at. On the right hand side, you can explore SeatGeek’s interactive stadium and arena maps to find the perfect seating section, and to get a preview of what a view from a seat in that section will look like.
- To purchase a ticket, click the ticket listing and you will be directed to SeatGeek’s checkout process to complete the information fields.
- SeatGeek will process your order and deliver your MLS Playoffs tickets.
When do MLS Playoffs tickets go on sale?
MLS Playoffs tickets typically go on sale in October.
Where does the MLS Playoffs take place?
The MLS playoffs take place at various stadiums around North America depending on who makes the playoffs and seeding.
When do the MLS Playoffs take place?
The MLS playoffs typically start in late October.