2019 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2019 MLS Cup Playoffs
CountryUnited States
Canada
DatesOctober 19 – November 10
Teams14
Defending championsAtlanta United FC
2018
2020 →

The 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs (branded as the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for sponsorship reasons) is the post-season championship of Major League Soccer (MLS), the top soccer league in the United States and Canada. It is the 24th edition of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the tournament culminating at the end of the 2019 regular season. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on October 19, 2019, and conclude with MLS Cup 2019 on November 10.[1]

The playoffs will be contested by fourteen teams under a new format, with the top seven teams from both conferences qualifying based on their regular season performances. All rounds will use single-elimination matches that are hosted by the higher remaining seed, and no rounds will be re-seeded unlike previous years.[1] The first round (October 19–20) will feature the second through seventh-seeded teams in each conference playing each other, with the first-placed teams each receiving a bye. The winners of the first round will advance to the Conference Semifinals (October 23–24) along with the first-placed team from each conference. The winners of the Conference Semifinals then advance to the Conference Finals (October 29–30) for an MLS Cup berth.[1][2]

Atlanta United FC are the defending MLS Cup champions, having won their first title in MLS Cup 2018.

Qualified teams[edit]

As of September 14, 2019.[3]

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Bracket[edit]

  First round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup
                                     
       
  E1 1st East  
     
E4 4th East
E5 5th East  
   
Eastern Conference
   
E3 3rd East  
E6 6th East  
 
     
E2 2nd East
E7 7th East  
 
 
       
       
  W1 Los Angeles FC
     
W4 4th West
W5 5th West  
 
Western Conference
   
W3 3rd West  
W6 6th West  
 
     
W2 2nd West
W7 7th West  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bogert, Tom (December 17, 2018). "MLS announces new playoff format for 2019 season". Major League Soccer. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "MLS announces schedule for Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs". Major League Soccer. August 28, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  3. ^ "Playoff Scenarios: Philadelphia and NYCFC first to clinch in the East". MLSsoccer.com. August 31, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.