Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs field: Conference Semifinals set

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Round One is complete.

It's onto the Conference Semifinals as the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs churn onward, with Round One results setting up some marquee matchups to determine who will advance to the Eastern and Western Conference Finals.

The Semis will begin on Oct. 20, with LAFC and the Philadelphia Union entering the fray after earning Round One byes as their conference's respective No. 1 seeds.

Check out the full schedule as the 14-team field narrows in pursuit of MLS Cup glory on Nov. 5.

Eastern Conference

(1) Philadelphia Union vs. (5) FC Cincinnati

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 20 (8 pm ET)
  • Watch: FS1, FOX Deportes in US; TSN, TVA Sports in Canada
  • Location: Subaru Park

Philadelphia are an odds-on MLS Cup favorite after finishing as the East's No. 1 seed behind a blistering +46 goal differential, featuring several 2022 MLS Best XI presented by Continental Tire candidates. They draw an FC Cincinnati side riding a wave of confidence after securing the club's first-ever playoff victory in Round One – a gutsy 2-1 away result at the New York Red Bulls – and also boasting one of the league's most-fearsome attacking trios in Lucho Acosta, Brenner and Brandon Vazquez.

(2) CF Montréal vs. (3) New York City FC

  • When: Sunday, Oct. 23 (1 pm ET)
  • Watch: ESPN / ESPN3 (Spanish language) in US; TSN, TVA Sports in Canada
  • Location: Stade Saputo

Two of the East's finest will face off when the Semifinals resume on Oct. 23, as second-seeded CF Montréal play host to defending MLS Cup champion NYCFC at Stade Saputo. CF Montréal, emerging as a force in their second year under head coach Wilfried Nancy, knocked off Orlando City SC, 2-0, in Round One. The Cityzens, meanwhile, were comprehensive in Round One, soundly dispatching Inter Miami CF, 3-0, at Citi Field to earn their trip to Canada.

Western Conference

(1) LAFC vs. (4) LA Galaxy

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 20 (10 pm ET)
  • Watch: FS1, FOX Deportes in US; TSN, TVA Sports in Canada
  • Location: Banc of California Stadium

A neutral couldn't have asked for anything better in the first match of the West Semis, which will see LAFC host the LA Galaxy for another El Trafico derby. LAFC are the favorites given their status as Supporters' Shield winners and sporting arguably the league's most loaded roster. But the Galaxy will be feeling confident after knocking off Nashville SC, 1-0, in Round One behind a Julian Araujo goal.

(2) Austin FC vs. (3) FC Dallas

  • When: Sunday, Oct. 23 (8 pm ET)
  • Watch: ESPN, ESPN Deportes in US; TSN, TVA Sports in Canada
  • Location: Q2 Stadium

A Texas rivalry matchup will complete the West Semis, as FC Dallas' nail-biting penalty-kick triumph over Minnesota United FC in Round One earned them a date with Austin FC at Q2 Stadium. Austin also got all they could handle in their Round One match, needing a PK shootout of their own to vanquish a scrappy Real Salt Lake side.