MLS releases updated playoff schedule

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The 2012 MLS playoffs schedule is set.

No, we don’t know all of the teams that will be playing in the conference semifinals but we do know what the schedule will be after MLS released an updated list of games. The list includes the times and dates for most of the matches in the postseason, so it might be a good idea to start marking your calendars.

It is all pretty straightforward, with the lone exception coming in the Western Conference semifinals series involving the San Jose Earthquakes. The times for both legs of that series is dependent upon who the Earthquakes face.

Here is the updated MLS playoffs schedule (all times Eastern):

KNOCKOUT ROUND

10/31 Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire (9pm, ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes)

11/1 Vancouver Whitecaps at Los Angeles Galaxy (10:30pm, NBC & TSN)

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

11/3 D.C. United at New York Red Bulls (8pm, NBCSN)

11/4 Sporting Kansas City at Chicago Fire/Houston Dynamo (3:30pm, NBC)

11/7 New York Red Bulls at D.C. United (8 pm, NBCSN)

11/7 Chicago Fire/Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City (9pm, MLS Live & Direct Kick)

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

11/2 Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders (10pm, NBCSN)

11/4 San Jose Earthquakes at Los Angeles Galaxy (9pm, ESPN & ESPN Deportes)

OR

11/4 San Jose Earthquakes at Vancouver Whitecaps (10:30pm, ESPN & ESPN Deportes)

11/7 Los Angeles Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes (11pm, ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes)

OR

11/7 Vancouver Whitecaps at San Jose Earthquakes (TBD, MLS Live)

11/8 Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake (9:30pm, ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes or MLS Live)

CONFERENCE FINALS

11/10 Eastern Conferece: TBD at TBD (3:30pm, NBC)

11/11 Western Conference: TBD at TBD (9pm, ESPN & ESPN Deportes)

OR

11/12 Western Conference: TBD at Seattle Sounders (8pm, ESPN & ESPN Deportes)

11/17 or 11/18 Eastern Conference: TBD vs. TBD (TBD, NBCSN)

11/18 Western Conference (9pm, ESPN & ESPN Deportes)

MLS Cup

12/1 TBD vs. TBD (4:30pm, ESPN & Telefutura)

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What do you think of the schedule? Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? Who will reach the conference finals?

Share your thoughts below.

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13 Responses to MLS releases updated playoff schedule

  1. PD gets his Swami on... says:

    Dynamo beats Fire 3-1
    LA beats ‘caps 2-0

    Eastern Semis
    NY beats DC 4-0 (Henry hatrick: right foot, left foot, header)
    SKC beats Dynamo 2-1
    DC beats NY 3-1, loses on aggregate
    SKC beats Dynamo 1-0

    Western Semis
    Seattle beats RSL 2-1
    San Jose beats LAG 3-2
    LAG beats San Jose 3-2, SJ advances in penalties*
    (*Landon Donovan steals thunder by tearily announcing his retirement from soccer in post-match sideline interview)
    RSL beats Seattle 3-1

    EASTERN FINALS
    SKC BEATS NYRB 4-3
    NYRB BEATS SKC 2-1, advances on penalties

    WESTERN FINALS
    RSL beats SJ 2-0
    SJ beats RSL 3-1, loses in penalties

    FINALS
    SKC 3 – RSL 2

    • Hogatroge says:

      As a Dynamo fan, I think you are criminally overlooking their poor performances against Chicago all year and criminally underestimating how they match up w/ SKC.

      Chicago lucked out in the first of 3 against Houston this year when a rain delay ended the game a half hour early with Houston knocking on the door for the game winner. Over the rest of the season, both teams improved their rosters (with Chicago probably improving theirs more relative to the level at which they started). Houston then managed to play 2 pretty terrible games against Chicago during their next 2 meetings. I’m biased, but I think Houston should beat the Fire. My gut is telling me otherwise…

      That said, the Dynamo are 1-0-2 against SKC this year, and while Sporting bossed the 3rd game of the series this year, Houston nearly stole the 3 pts. Two of those games were played at LSP.

    • D'Anthony says:

      How are some of these games not on national TV? Poor job once again, MLS

      • Mario says:

        Vancouver I could possibly understand, but SKC still gets no love

      • Charles says:

        How is that in any way MLS’ fault ?

        Nice to see a bunch of games on the main NBC station. You get the feling NBC must be doing very well with MLS.

  2. beto says:

    my picks would are:

    1. Seattle
    2. New York
    3. Los Angeles

  3. Gnarls says:

    Such a massive disparity in the levels of TV coverage. We’ve got LA-Van on NBC, which is rad, and then CHI/HOU-SKC on MLS Live. Surprised there’s not more even coverage.

    • Kyle says:

      Out of all the semifinal match ups that one is by far the most lopsided. DC/NY, SJ/LA and SEA/RSL will all be closer and more exciting.

  4. Galaxian says:

    We want the Smurfs!

  5. Charles says:

    All you picking the Sounders realize that Seattle has scored once in the last 6 games aginst SLC ? And that was when they were down 3-0 on aggregate.

    Go Sounders.