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MLS sets playoff schedule; Sounders start Sunday

MLS has released its playoff schedule.

Here's the key information for Sounders fans: No. 4 Dallas and No. 5 Vancouver meet Wednesday in Texas. The winner will host the Sounders at 6 p.m. Sunday Nov. 2 in the opening leg of the Western Conference semifinals. That aggregate-score series will conclude Nov. 10 at CenturyLink Field. Tickets for the Seattle game go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday.

Here's the news from the league:

The 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs presented by AT&T begin on Wednesday, Oct. 29, when FC Dallas host Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a single-game Knockout Match. On Thursday, Oct. 30, New York Red Bulls host Sporting Kansas City in the other Knockout Match.

Each Knockout Round winner will face its respective conference leader – D.C. United in the Eastern Conference and Seattle Sounders FC in the Western Conference – in a two-leg, aggregate goals Conference Semifinal series. The second- and third-place teams in each conference also will square off in the Conference Semifinals – Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake and New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew.

The Conference Championships also will be decided by two-leg aggregate goals series, with the winners advancing to MLS Cup 2014 on December 7 at the home venue of the finalist with the most points in the regular season.

Below is the MLS Cup Playoffs schedule with live national television broadcasts (subject to change).

Knockout Round

(Home teams listed first):

· FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Wed., Oct. 29, 9:00 p.m. ET (TSN1, MLS Live, MLS Direct Kick)

· New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City – Thurs., Oct. 30, 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, TSN2)

Eastern Conference Semifinals

First Leg (Home teams listed first):

· Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution – Sat., Nov. 1, 4:00 p.m. ET (UDN, MLS Live, MLS Direct Kick)

· New York Red Bulls or Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United – Sun., Nov. 2, 4:00 p.m. ET (UDN, MLS Live, MLS Direct Kick)

Second Leg (Home teams listed first):

· D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls or Sporting Kansas City – Sat., Nov. 8, 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC)

· New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew – Sun., Nov. 9, 5:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, TSN2)

Western Conference Semifinals

First Leg (Home teams listed first):

· Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy – Sat., Nov. 1, 8:00 p.m. ET (NBCSN, RDS2)

· FC Dallas or Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounders – Sun., Nov. 2, 9:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, TSN2)

Second Leg (Home teams listed first):

· LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake – Sun., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, TSN2, RDS2)

· Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas or Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Mon., Nov. 10, 10:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, UDN, TSN2, RDS2)

Conference Championships

First Leg:

· Teams TBD – Sun., Nov. 23, 1:30 p.m. ET (NBC)

· Teams TBD – Sun., Nov. 23, 5:00 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

Second Leg:

· Teams TBD – Sat., Nov. 29, 3:00 p.m. ET (NBCSN, UDN, TSN2, RDS2)

· Teams TBD– Sun., Nov. 30, 5:00 p.m. OR 9:00 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, RDS2)

MLS Cup 2014

Sunday, December 7 (hosted by finalist with best regular season record)

· 3:00 p.m. ET (ESPN, Univision, TSN, and RDS networks) Site TBD

Key to television networks:

NBCSN = NBC Sports Network

UniMas (Spanish)

UDN = Univision Deportes Network (Spanish)

TSN & TSN2 = in Canada (English)

RDS & RDS2 = in Canada (French)

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