Now, head coach Pablo Mastroeni’s team will face No. 2 Austin FC in Round One as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference’s seven-team field.
Playoff history, key pieces
MLS Cup winners in 2009, RSL may be feeling some déjà vu after needing a Decision Day win in 2021 at Sporting Kansas City to enter the playoff mix. They’ll be hoping more magic awaits, carrying last year's run into a Western Conference Final trip before bowing out at the Portland Timbers.
Since booking their first playoff trip in 2008, the Claret & Cobalt have been a playoff team all but three years. They also made MLS Cup in 2013, though came up short.
Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs
MLS Cup 2022 is set for Nov. 5, while the playoffs will get underway Oct. 15 with Round One games (the top seed in each conference gets a bye).
The timeline takes into consideration the FIFA 2022 World Cup starting Nov. 20 in Qatar, rather than during the event’s typical summer months.