A Quick Look at the Knockout Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs

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A group of kids display the “MLS” flag prior to the soccer match between the Sporting KC and the Columbus Crew at Sporting Park. (Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)

The 2013 MLS season is over, and the teams, and standings, are finally settled for the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The third, fourth, and fifth seeds for both the Eastern and Western Conference standings were undecided going into the final week. But now the games are set for the 18th MLS Cup Playoffs.

For those of you who are new to the playoff format of the MLS, just picture a format similar to the MLB playoffs. There are five teams from each conference that qualify for the postseason, the bottom two teams will be in the Knockout Round, where one game decides who moves on to the next round.

After that, the Conference Semifinal Round and the Conference Championship Round are home-and-away series, where the winner is decided by aggregate goals during the two games. For more on the format, check here.

Here in this article, we’ll go through and take a quick look at the matchups of the Knockout Round.

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