MLS is Back Tournament - Knockout Stage - generic

How third placed teams will be slotted into bracket at MLS is Back Tournament

A total of 15 teams are already through to the Knockout Stage — with the last one set to qualify by the close of the group stage on Thursday night — and 10 of the qualifiers already know what day and time they will be playing.

Among the teams that will complete the field for the Round of 16 will be the top four 3rd-place teams. Real Salt Lake and the Montreal Impact are two of those four and already know who they will be facing. Vancouver Whitecaps FC have also qualified and will either face Toronto FC or Sporting Kansas City.

The last spot in the field will come down to the Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy or New York City FC. 

Houston will qualify with:

  • A win vs. LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy will qualify with:

  • A win by at least three goals vs. Houston

NYCFC will qualify with:

  • HOU-LA draw
  • LA win by less than three goals

3rd Place Teams Qualified for Rd. of 16:

  • Montreal Impact (C3) to play Orlando City (A1)
  • Real Salt Lake (D3) to play San Jose Earthquakes (B1)

Scenarios for final two 3rd-place berths:

Scenario 1

The final four wild card slots end up as A3, B3, C3 and D3 (in any order) then ...

  • A3 (NYCFC): vs. Toronto FC (C1)
  • B3 (Vancouver): vs. Sporting KC (D1)
  • C3 (Montreal Impact): vs. Orlando City (A1)
  • D3 (Real Salt Lake): vs. San Jose Earthquakes (B1)

Scenario 2

The final four wild card slots end up as B3, C3, D3 and F3 (in any order) then ...

  • B3 (Vancouver): vs. Toronto FC (C1)
  • C3 (Montreal Impact): vs. Orlando City (A1)
  • D3 (Real Salt Lake): vs. San Jose Earthquakes (B1)
  • F3 (LAFC, Houston or LA Galaxy): vs. Sporting Kansas City (D1)

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