2011 MLS Cup Playoff Dates Revealed

2011 MLS Cup Playoff Dates Revealed

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 9, 2011
  • 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011 MLS Season

With the playoffs set for nearly two months away, Major League Soccer has revealed it’s list of dates for each round in the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The road to the League’s 16th championship consists of 13 total games, with a break for FIFA fixture dates (Nov. 11 & 15) between the conference championships and MLS Cup. The broadcast schedule and kickoff times for playoff games will be announced at a later date.

As we discussed before the season began, 10 teams will compete in the playoffs this year. The top three from each conference get automatic births into the playoffs with the top four remaining clubs going in as wild-cards.

The way things look right now, teams like Colorado and Salt Lake would have to deal could end up in the Eastern Conference bracket. If things continue to pan out the way they currently are we’ll certainly have a team from the Western Conference with more points going up against a team from the Eastern Conference in the conference semifinals.

The 2011 MLS Cup Playoff schedule (prospective teams listed as if the season ended today, but in reality, 11 weeks remain in the regular season) is as follows:

• Wild Card Games – hosted by higher seed; single elimination
(Currently Chivas USA at Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City at Real Salt Lake)
– Wed., Oct. 26
– Thurs., Oct. 27

• Conference Semifinals, First Leg – hosted by lower seed
(Currently LA Galaxy at lowest remaining wild card; Columbus Crew at other remaining wild card; FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders; and Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls)
– Sat., Oct. 29
– Sat., Oct. 29
– Sun., Oct. 30
– Sun., Oct. 30

• Conference Semifinals, Second Leg – hosted by higher seed; winner by aggregate goals
(Currently lowest wild card at LA Galaxy; other remaining wild card team at Columbus Crew; Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas; and New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union)

– Wed., Nov. 2
– Wed., Nov. 2
– Thurs., Nov. 3
– Thurs., Nov. 3

• Conference Championships – hosted by higher seed; single elimination
– Sat., Nov. 5
– Sun., Nov. 6

NOTE: A break occurs here due to FIFA fixtures on Nov. 11 &15.

• MLS Cup 2011 – at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.; single-game final
– Sun., Nov. 20

NOTE: No team will be scheduled to play on Thursday and Saturday of a given week.