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MLS Playoff bracket, dates set: Chicago, Vancouver host Weds.

Shea Salinas, Yordy Reyna

San Jose Earthquakes’ Shea Salinas, left, tries to stop Vancouver Whitecaps’ Yordy Reyna during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)


Major League Soccer’s playoff bracket is set. Our staff predictions are coming Wednesday before the first round match-ups, but here’s what we’ll be watching...

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The chase begins with Chicago and the Red Bulls, and San Jose heading to Vancouver. The Quakes drew the ‘Caps just over a week ago, on Oct. 15.

First round (E3) Chicago vs. (E6) New York Red Bulls -- 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday (W3) Vancouver vs. (W6) San Jose -- 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday (E4) Atlanta vs. (E5) Columbus -- 7 p.m. ET Thursday (W4) Houston vs. (W5) Sporting KC -- 9:30 p.m. ET Thursday

Conference semifinals (W1) Portland vs. San Jose, Houston, or Sporting KC (W2) Seattle vs. Houston, Sporting KC, or Vancouver (E1) Toronto vs. New York Red Bulls, Atlanta, or Columbus (E2) New York City vs. Atlanta, Columbus, or Chicago

Conference finals Eastern Conference -- Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 or 29 Western Conference -- Nov. 21 and Nov. 30

MLS Cup Final At finalist with best record -- 4 p.m. ET Dec. 9

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