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MLS announces Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule

Major League Soccer has officially announced the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule. With D.C. United making a run up the Eastern Conference standings, now sitting in seventh place (one spot below the playoff line) with games in hand, the Black-and-Red will continue striving to punch their ticket to the playoffs in the crucial final weeks of the season. 

United last advanced to the playoffs in 2016, but suffered a disappointing defeat in the knockout round, then missed playoffs altogether in 2017. Now, with their remaining 2018 schedule backloaded with home matches at Audi Field and a recent surge in play, United have their sights set on an unlikely rise in to the postseason. 

Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule

*Subject to change. 

KNOCKOUT ROUND - Oct. 31 and Nov. 1
Conference third seed vs. sixth seed, and fourth seed vs. fifth seed in a single-game elimination match

  • Eastern and Western Conference Knockout Round (4 games)
    • Wed., Oct. 31 
    • Wed., Oct. 31 
    • Thu., Nov. 1 
    • Thu., Nov. 1 

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS - Nov. 4 & 11
Two-game series, aggregate-goal, home-and-home format between conference top seed vs. lowest advancing seed from Knockout Round and conference second seed vs. highest seed from Knockout Round

  • Eastern Conference Semifinal Series: Leg 1 (2 games)
    • Sun., Nov. 4 
    • Sun., Nov. 11 
  • Eastern Conference Semifinal Series: Leg 2 (2 games)
    • Sun., Nov. 4 
    • Sun., Nov. 11 
  • Western Conference Semifinal Series: Leg 1 (2 games)
    • Sun., Nov. 4 
    • Sun., Nov. 11 
  • Western Conference Semifinal Series: Leg 2 (2 games)
    • Sun., Nov. 4 
    • Sun., Nov. 11 

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS - Nov. 25 & 29
Two-game series, aggregate-goal, home-and-home format

  • Eastern Conference Championship
    • Leg 1: Sun., Nov. 25 
    • Leg 2: Thu., Nov. 29 
  • Western Conference Championship
    • Leg 1: Sun., Nov. 25 
    • Leg 2: Thu., Nov. 29 

2018 MLS CUP - Dec. 8
Hosted at the home venue of the finalist with the best regular season record

  • Sat., Dec. 8 - 7:30 PM ET 

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