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MLS playoff schedule and TV times

MLS: MLS Cup-Houston Dynamo at Los Angeles Galaxy

December 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the MLS Cup trophy after the Los Angeles Galaxy defeat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 to win the 2012 MLS Cup at the Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

(Update, 6:25 p.m. ET ... a playoff schedule with TV matches added Monday evening is available here.)

Major League Soccer’s 18th playoff season begins Wednesday; the first of 10 qualifiers will be eliminated that night as the field begins to narrow.

The first playoff games are single-elimination matches featuring the 4th- and 5th-place finishers from each conference.

From there, the conference semifinals and finals are home-and-away, total goals series. Here is the schedule, with TV information:

Update: 11:40 a.m. ET ... For everyone outraged by lack of national TV for elimination games this week (Grrrrrr!), stand by. Word on the street -- and I only walk on very safe streets -- is that more news is coming ...

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MLS schedule
MLS schedule 2

Dates for Major League Soccer’s conference finals are as follows:

  • First leg: Nov. 9-10 (Sat.-Sun.)
  • Second leg: 23-24 (Sat.-Sun.)
  • The 18th MLS Cup is set for Dec. 7 (Sat.) at the site of the higher seeded team.