Major League Soccer unveiled their playoff schedule on Thursday for the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs.
The playoffs will open with the Eastern and Western conference play-in games on October 30th and 31st, and will continue all the way until the MLS Cup Final on December 7th.
MLS has scheduled an extended break of almost two weeks between the first leg of the Conference Finals (Nov. 9-10) and the second leg of the Conference Finals (Nov. 23-24), to allow all players a chance to play for their country during the international fixtures scheduled in mid-November.
The Dynamo have multiple players that could be affected by the international break, as the United States crosses the pond to play Scotland and Honduras will face Brazil in Miami. Both Brad Davis (USA) and Boniek García (Honduras) have been involved in recent World Cup qualifiers for their respective national teams.
After the Conference Finals have been played, MLS will take another break to observe the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. All parties involved should be plenty rested before the MLS Cup Final.
Here is what the playoff schedule looks like:
- Knockout Games: Oct. 30-31 (Wed.-Thurs.)
- Conference Semifinals, Leg 1: Nov. 2-3 (Sat.-Sun.)
- Conference Semifinals, Leg 2: Nov. 6-7 (Wed.-Thurs.)
- Conference Finals, Leg 1: Nov. 9-10 (Sat.-Sun.)
- Conference Finals, Leg 2: Nov. 23-24 (Sat.-Sun.)
- MLS Cup: Dec. 7 (Sat.)
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Another weekend gone by, and the Eastern Conference playoff picture is still no clearer. With the Dynamo off after a midweek draw against Sporting Kansas City, the eyes of the Orange faithful were watching a few other scores from around the conference.
New England came up with a big road victory to keep pace in the playoff chase, temporarily putting them in the fifth spot before the other games finished. When the dust settled on Saturday night, their 45 points were only good enough for seventh place, but it’s only a single point behind the Chicago Fire in the last playoff spot.
New England has two matches against the Columbus Crew, who were eliminated from playoff contention this weekend, to finish out the regular season.
Montreal’s loss kept them two points back of the Dynamo as they begin to make up their games in hand. Montreal has one game left to play before they are even in games played with the rest of the conference, this Wednesday against the LA Galaxy. We’ll get more into how this match affects the Dynamo’s postseason hopes further down the page.
D.C. United nearly pulled out the impossible result, but instead only got the improbable thanks to Jack McInerney’s 90th minute equalizer. The draw gave Philly 46 points, tied with Montreal and Chicago, but the Union reside in sixth place by virtue of the games won tiebreaker.
Philadelphia’s road doesn’t get any easier, as they travel to Montreal before hosting Sporting Kansas City in their season finale.
Chicago got the result they needed in Frisco, which pulled them into the pile-up of teams on 46 points, two behind the Dynamo. FC Dallas was eliminated in the Western Conference with the loss.
The Fire have dates against Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls to close the year.
Playing on Sunday and with a pack of three teams just two points behind them, it’s possible that the Dynamo will go into their match against the New York Red Bulls (3:00 p.m. CT; TICKETS) below the red line. Of course, it’s also possible that they will go into the match with the opportunity to punch their ticket to the playoffs, depending on Wednesday’s Galaxy vs. Impact result.
If Montreal ties or loses on Wednesday, here’s what must happen for the Dynamo to clinch a playoff spot:
- Dynamo win vs. New York Red Bulls AND
- Chicago tie or lose vs. Toronto FC OR
- New England Revolution tie or lose vs. Columbus Crew
If Montreal wins in Los Angeles, the scenario changes to this:
- Dynamo win vs. New York Red Bulls AND two of the following:
- Philadelphia Union tie or lose vs. Montreal Impact AND/OR
- Chicago Fire tie or lose vs. Toronto FC AND/OR
- New England Revolution tie or lose vs. Columbus Crew
Obviously, all that the Dynamo must worry about is to continue winning and their playoff status will eventually work itself out.
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After the Wednesday night draw against Sporting Kansas City, the Dynamo failed to make up any ground on their perennial rivals in the Eastern Conference standings. They were able to pick up a crucial point, however, and have the weekend off before returning to the pitch against the New York Red Bulls in the regular season home finale on Oct. 20 (TICKETS).
With the Dynamo inactive this weekend, let's take a look at some of the big matches you need to pay attention to in the Eastern Conference that will have major effects on the Dynamo's playoff hopes and seeding.
Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)
Montreal is now two points back of the Dynamo with two games in hand, which they make up on Saturday against New England and next Wednesday against the LA Galaxy. New England, meanwhile, is sitting on the outside of the playoffs spots with 42 points, three behind fifth place Philadelphia Union.
New England faces a tough task on the road, but they were seconds away from defeating first place New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena last week and Montreal is winless in their last four matches.
A draw or Montreal loss would be the ideal situation here, as the Dynamo are keen to holding onto the third spot or higher, meaning that they would bypass the 4 vs. 5 playoff match to begin the postseason. If New England wins out, the best they could do is draw level with the Dynamo on points.
D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union (Saturday, 6:00 p.m.)
Philadelphia, occupying the fifth and final playoff spot, are three points behind the Dynamo in third place and two points ahead of the Chicago Fire in sixth. They go on the road to last-place and U.S. Open champion D.C. United this weekend needing a win to ensure that they stay in playoff position at least for another week. A draw, and Chicago could leapfrog them above the red line. A loss, and both Chicago and New England would have the chance to push past the Union.
Clearly, the Dynamo would like D.C. to do the improbable and get a home win. The Black and Red played well in a 3-0 loss to the Fire last week, as odd as that may sound, and they did recently knock off Real Salt Lake in Utah to claim a championship trophy. The more points that teams below the Dynamo drop, the sooner the Dynamo can clinch a playoff spot and we can all breathe a little bit easier.
FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)
It's the Brimstone Cup! Two heated rivals (sorry) do battle in one of the final non-conference matches of the season. Chicago is two points back of Philadelphia for the last playoff spot.
As much as it may burn (again, terribly sorry), Dynamo fans will want to root for FC Dallas in this one. Again, the Dynamo would like as much of a gap between them and the teams below them as possible. According to SportsClubsStats.com, a Fire win is the result this weekend that would most negatively impact the Dynamo's playoff chances.
New York and Sporting Kansas City both have the weekend off as well, so they have no impact on the standings until next weekend. The Dynamo can come out of this weekend either steady in third position, dropped to fourth or all the way down to the last playoff spot. Regardless, the Dynamo will be five points behind New York with two games left to play when they meet on Oct. 20.
Put on your orange and settle in, it's going to be a fun final few weeks.