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Conference Semifinals set for Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs

NEW YORK (November 2, 2018) – Following the Knockout Round of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs, Major League Soccer announced the broadcast schedule for both Eastern and Western Conference Semifinal Leg 1 matches. 
 
The Conference Semifinals, a two-game, aggregate-goal series, consist of each conference’s No. 1 seed facing the conference’s lower advancing seed from the Knockout Round, and each conference’s No. 2 seed facing the conference’s higher advancing seed from Knockout Round.
 
The broadcast schedule for Conference Semifinal Leg 2 matches will be announced follow the Conference Semifinal Leg 1 games on Nov. 4th. 
 
Coverage of the Conference Semifinals begins this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with an hour-long pregame show on MLSsoccer.com and MLS social media platforms (MLS Facebook / MLS Twitter), featuring special guest FIFA Women’s World Cup winner Meghan Klingenberg. 
 
First Leg – Eastern Conference Semifinals
 
Sunday, November 4
 
No. 5 Columbus Crew SC vs. No.1 New York Red Bulls
(3 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN / TVA Sports)
 
No. 3 New York City FC vs. No. 2 Atlanta United 
(7:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN / TVA Sports)
 
First Leg – Western Conference Semifinals
 
Sunday, November 4
 
No. 5 Portland Timbers vs. No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC
(5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN / TVA Sports)
 
No. 6 Real Salt Lake v. No. 1 Sporting Kansas City
(10 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / Canada: TSN, TVA Sports)
 
*Broadcast information for Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals Leg 2 matches will be announced following Leg 1 Conference Semifinals on Sunday, Nov. 4
 
 
Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule 
*Subject to change.
 
Knockout Round
(Conference third seed vs. sixth seed, and fourth seed vs. fifth seed in a single-game elimination match)
 
Eastern and Western Conference Knockout Round (4 games)
 
Wednesday, Oct. 31
  • Eastern Conference: No. 3 New York City FC 3-1 No. 6 Philadelphia Union
  • Western Conference: No. 4 FC Dallas 1-2 No. 5 Portland Timbers
  
Thursday, Nov. 1
  • Eastern Conference: No. 4 D.C. United 2 (2) - 2 (3) No. 5 Columbus Crew SC
  • Western Conference: No. 3 Los Angeles Football Club 2-3 No. 6 Real Salt Lake
 
Conference Semifinals
(Two-game series, aggregate-goal format between conference top seed vs. lowest advancing seed from Knockout Round and conference second seed vs. highest seed from Knockout Round)
 
Eastern Conference Semifinal Series
 
Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 1 (2 games
  • Sunday, Nov. 4            No. 5 Columbus Crew SC vs. No. 1 New York Red Bulls   
(3 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN / TVA Sports)
 
  • Sunday, Nov. 4             No. 3 New York City FC vs. No. 2 Atlanta United   
(7:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN, TVA Sports)
 
Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (2 games)
  • Sunday, Nov. 11            No. 1 New York Red Bulls vs. No. 5 Columbus Crew SC
  • Sunday, Nov. 11            No. 2 Atlanta United vs. New York City FC         
 
 *Broadcast details for Leg 2 will be announced following Leg 1 matches.
 
Western Conference Semifinal Series
 
Western Conference Semifinal Leg 1 (2 games)
  • Sunday, Nov. 4            No. 5 Portland Timbers vs. No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC   
(5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN / TVA Sport)   
  • Sunday, Nov. 4            No. 6 Real Salt Lake vs. No. 1 Sporting Kansas City 
(10 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN, TVA Sports)                 
 
Western Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (2 games)
  • Thursday, Nov. 8            No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC vs. No. 5 Portland Timbers                        
  • Sunday, Nov. 11            No. 1 Sporting Kansas City vs. No. 6 Real Salt Lake
 
*Broadcast details for Leg 2 will be announced following Leg 1 matches.
            
 *Due to a stadium conflict at Century Link Field on Nov. 11, Seattle Sounders FC will host the second leg of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals on Nov. 8.
 
 
 Conference Championships
(Two-game series, aggregate-goal format)
 
Eastern Conference Championship Series
 
Eastern Conference Championship Leg 1 (1 game)
  • Sunday, Nov. 25                        TBD      
 
Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (1 game)
 
  • Thursday, Nov. 29                     TBD       
Western Conference Championship Series
 
Western Conference Championship Leg 1 (1 game)
  • Sunday, Nov. 25                        TBD      
 
Western Conference Championship Leg 2 (1 game) 
 
  • Thursday, Nov. 29                     TBD       
 
2018 MLS Cup
(Hosted at the home venue of the finalist with the best regular season record)
  • Saturday, Dec. 8           8 p.m. ET         (FOX, UniMás, TSN, TVA Sports)
 

 

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