FOLLOW LIVE: MLS Conference Finals 1st Legs

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The Major League Soccer playoff finals will take the first step towards determining its participants today as Atlanta meets New York and Portland takes on Sporting KC.

It has been chalk the whole way, with the exception of the 5-seed Portland who knocked off 4th-seeded FC Dallas in the knockout round before taking care of rivals Seattle in penalties.

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First up is the East at 5:00 p.m. ET, as Atlanta hosts New York hoping to beat the Red Bulls for the first time this season on the third try. New York has been a thorn in Atlanta’s side, winning the first two meetings a combined 5-1. In fact, they’ve never beaten the Red Bulls, losing once and drawing once last season.

Sporting KC visits Portland at 7:30 p.m. ET, looking for its first road playoff win in eight years, without a victory on the road in the postseason in eight tries.