FOLLOW LIVE — Atlanta-Crew, Dynamo-SKC meet in MLS Cup Playoffs

Trevor Ruszkowski – USA Today
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Wednesday saw two lopsided victories favoring the New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps, so what will be in store on Thursday?

The MLS Cup Playoffs began with a bang yesterday (unless you’re a Fire or Earthquakes supporter), and two more clubs will have the opportunity to punch their ticket into the conference semifinals tonight.

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The evening’s action kicks off at 7 p.m. ET when Atlanta United hosts Columbus Crew SC from Mercedes-Benz Stadium — which promises to be a great one.

Atlanta is expecting to break its own attendance record for the third time in its inaugural season, with well over 70,000 supporters likely to make their way into the new venue.

The winner will move on to face second-seeded New York City FC in the next round, after the Red Bulls solidified their meeting with Toronto FC on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the evening’s second matchup features two clubs trending in opposite directions.

The Houston Dynamo will host Sporting KC from BBVA Compass Stadium, with the Dynamo unbeaten in their last six matches to end the MLS regular season.

Peter Vermes and Sporting KC closed out the campaign winless in their last five, and the club has only won three MLS matches since the beginning of August.

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Either the Dynamo or SKC will book themselves a date with the Portland Timbers in the next round following the Whitecaps’ win.


Thursday’s matches

Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew — 7 p.m. ET
Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting KC — 9:30 p.m. ET