With Decision Day in the rear view mirror, the 2019 MLS Cup playoffs bracket is all set.
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Round 1 action starts on October 19-20, following the international break. Just days later, first seeds NYCFC and LAFC join the playoffs as the Conference Semifinals take place.
On October 29-30, the Conference Finals will be played, which will decide what two teams will feature in the 2019 MLS Cup final on November 10.
Below is the MLS playoff bracket in full. Who will go the farthest?
The game in 200 words (or less): This not the time for the Portland Timbers to lack attacking ingenuity, or to lose games in which they were clearly the superior side. However, those are the issues Giovanni Savarese and Co. will have to resolve in the week upcoming, following a 1-0 loss to a D.C. United side that has now won two consecutive games on the road. Wayne Rooney was back from suspension for the nation’s capital side, but, ironically, it was an own-goal from Bill Tuiloma that earned the Eastern Conference team three points. Diego Valeri and Co. had chances throughout the 90 minutes, but couldn’t crack the visitors. With three regular season games to play, United are five points clear of the playoff line. The Timbers, on the side, are only a point clear of missing out on playoffs. It’s time to buckle up if you support either team.
Three moments that mattered
25′ – D.C. United goes up — Bill Tuiloma scored it, but with playoffs in mind, D.C. United doesn’t care.
82′ — Steve Clark keeps Portland alive — Take a bow, Clark.
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Man of the match: Frederic Brilliant
Goalscorers: Tuiloma (25′- OG)
Five games with playoff implications on the line, now that’s a MLS Sunday you don’t want to miss.
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Things kickoff with the Portland Timbers hosting D.C. United, and comes to a close with a vital Western Conference showdown between Sporting Kansas City and the LA Galaxy, who look to jump back into a playoff position.
In between, the Real Salt Lake look to remain second in the Western Conference as they travel to Allianz Field to take on an inconsistent Minnesota United, while the Seattle Sounders hope to jump ahead of RSL in the standings as they host the New York Red Bulls.
Sunday’s full MLS schedule
Portland Timbers v. D.C. United — 3 p.m. ET
Toronto FC v. Colorado Rapids — 5 p.m. ET
Minnesota United v. Real Salt Lake — 5:30 p.m. ET
Seattle Sounders v. New York Red Bulls — 6 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy v. Sporting Kansas City — 10 p.m. ET
CHESTER, Pa. — Kacper Przybylko had a goal and two assists in a dominant first half and the Philadelphia Union defeated D.C. United 3-1 on Saturday night.
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Przybylko scored his 12th goal from point-blank range off a cross from Kail Wagner five minutes in and the Union (14-8-6) were never challenged as they moved within a point of first-place Atlanta.
Brenden Aaronson, who helped set up Przybylko’s goal, had the favor returned in the 16th minute. Przybylko slipped the ball down the middle, Aaronson made the turn and then fired from the top of the box for his second goal.
Przybylko made a similar set up for Ilsinho’s fifth goal in the 36th minute. Ilsinho took the pass at the top of the box, worked his way through the defense before finding room to score.
DC United (10-10-9) didn’t have a shot in the first half. Luciano Acosta bulled his way through the defense for his sixth goal in the 56th minute. United turned the pressure up in the second half with four shots on target but remained in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Wayne Rooney is not a fan of MLS’ travel arrangements.
D.C. United lost 1-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday in Canada, and had to fly back to the nation’s capital before prepping for a midweek showdown with visiting New York Red Bulls.
To the 33-year-old Englishmen the trip should’ve taken six hours, not half a day.
MLS is notoriously known for the lack of charter flights it offers its teams, a mere four per season is the reported amount each team is allocated. Traveling on commercial flights has caused routine delays for a slew of team’s this season, with certain teams arriving only hours before the first whistle in some cases.
Players, however, will reportedly push for better travel in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not only for Rooney, but for the majority of professional athletes around the world, flying charter is customary.
Upon his arrival to D.C. in 2018, Rooney turned down first-class flights offered by the Black-and-Red, among other fine accommodations. “If you are going to be part of the team, you have to be part of the team,” Rooney said on his decision to reject first-class flights and private hotel rooms. “All in and do the same things. I don’t want special treatment — I wanted to be treated the same as the players. I’m part of this team.”
Rooney, despite being on his way out of D.C. to join Derby County in January, is certainly a part of the team.
He is also now a part of the complex fight for better travel in MLS.