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FOLLOW LIVE — No. 1 seeds Toronto, Portland start playoff runs


HARRISON, NJ - MARCH 6: Bradley Wright-Phillips #99 of New York Red Bulls moves the ball by Michael Bradley #4 of Toronto FC during their match at Red Bull Arena on March 6, 2016 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Jeff Zelevansky

The underdogs hope to strike first at home when the MLS Cup Playoffs continue Monday.

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The East’s No. 6 seed New York Red Bulls host highly-favored Supporters’ Shield winners Toronto FC for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff, two-and-a-half hours before the West’s No. 1, Portland, visits the Houston Dynamo.

Houston edged Sporting KC in the first round to earn its date with the Timbers, while RBNY hammered the Chicago Fire in Illinois.

Vancouver and Seattle played a nil-nil first leg in British Columbia on Sunday, reviving long-held hopes for single elimination playoff games, while Tuesday will see New York City FC visiting Columbus in the final first leg of the conference semifinals.

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