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Major League Soccer playoff picture: Scores, schedules and TV information for every match


The 2020 MLS Cup playoff field is down to six as the Eastern Conference semifinals were played Sunday, and the Western Conference semifinals will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the East, the New England Revolution and Columbus Crew each won their conference semifinal matches and will meet on Dec. 6 for a spot in MLS Cup. A Crew win would mean that the championship game will be held in Columbus. 

In the Western Conference, the reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders are in the conference semifinals for the 12th straight season and host FC Dallas on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET, FS1). Top-seeded Sporting Kansas City will host Minnesota United on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET, FS1). 

The MLS Cup trophy. © Jennifer Buchanan, USA TODAY Sports The MLS Cup trophy.

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The playoffs will conclude with MLS Cup on Saturday, Dec. 12. The game will be played in the home stadium of the team with the most points per game this season.

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Here is the 2020 MLS playoff schedule with dates, times and television information.

EASTERN CONFERENCE 

Play-in games

NOVEMBER 20

Round 1

NOVEMBER 21

NOVEMBER 24

Conference semifinals

NOVEMBER 29

Conference final

DECEMBER 6

  • No. 3 Columbus Crew vs. No. 8 New England Revolution at 3 p.m. ET (ABC) or 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • WESTERN CONFERENCE

    Round 1

    NOVEMBER 22

    NOVEMBER 24

    Conference semifinals

    DECEMBER 1

  • No. 2 Seattle Sounders vs. No. 6 FC Dallas, 9:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • DECEMBER 2

  • No. 1 Sporting Kansas City vs. No. 4 Minnesota United, 9 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • Conference final

    DECEMBER 6

  • Game at 3 p.m. ET (ABC) or 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • MLS CUP

    DECEMBER 12

    East winner vs. West winner in home stadium of team with higher playoff seed, 8 p.m. ET (FOX and UniMás/TUDN)

    PREVIOUS MLS CUP FINALS
  • 2019: Seattle Sounders FC over Toronto FC (CenturyLink Field), 3-1
  • 2018: Atlanta United over Portland Timbers (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), 2-0
  • 2017: Toronto FC over Seattle Sounders FC (BMO Field), 2-0
  • 2016: Seattle Sounders FC over Toronto FC (BMO Field), 0-0 (Sounders won penalty shootout, 5-4)
  • 2015: Portland Timbers over Columbus Crew (Mapfre Stadium), 2-1
  • 2014: Los Angeles Galaxy over New England Revolution (StubHub Center), 2-1 (extra time)
  • 2013: Sporting Kansas City over Real Salt Lake (Sporting Park), 1-1 (SKC won penalty shootout, 7-6)
  • 2012: Los Angeles Galaxy over Houston Dynamo (Home Depot Center), 3-1
  • 2011: Los Angeles Galaxy over Houston Dynamo (Home Depot Center), 1-0
  • 2010: Colorado Rapids over FC Dallas (BMO Field), 2-1 (extra time)
  • 2009: Real Salt Lake over Los Angeles Galaxy (Qwest Field), 1-1 (RSL won penalty shootout, 5-4)
  • 2008: Columbus Crew over New York Red Bulls (Home Depot Center), 3-1
  • 2007: Houston Dynamo over New England Revolution (RFK Stadium), 2-1
  • 2006: Houston Dynamo over New England Revolution (Pizza Hut Park), 1-1 (Dynamo won penalty shootout, 4-3)
  • 2005: Los Angeles Galaxy over New England Revolution (Pizza Hut Park), 1-0 (extra time)
  • 2004: D.C. United over Kansas City Wizards (Home Depot Center), 3-2
  • 2003: San Jose Earthquakes over Chicago Fire (Home Depot Center), 4-2
  • 2002: Los Angeles Galaxy over New England Revolution (Gillette Stadium), 1-0 (extra time)
  • 2001: San Jose Earthquakes over Los Angeles Galaxy (Crew Stadium), 2-1 (extra time)
  • 2000: Kansas City Wizards over Chicago Fire (RFK Stadium), 1-0
  • 1999: D.C. United over Los Angeles Galaxy (Foxboro Stadium), 2-0
  • 1998: Chicago Fire over D.C. United (Rose Bowl), 2-0
  • 1997: D.C. United over Colorado Rapids (RFK Stadium), 2-1
  • 1996: D.C. United over Los Angeles Galaxy (Foxboro Stadium), 3-2 (extra time)
  • This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Major League Soccer playoff picture: Scores, schedules and TV information for every match


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    Premier Soccer League confirms transfer window closing date


    In a year affected by the coronavirus pandemic, market activity regarding the purchase of players has not been at the usual level

    Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs are fast running out of time if they want to make any further additions to their respective squads.

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the resultant five-month break to action towards the end of last season, the schedule for the 2020/ 21 season has a rather abnormal feel to it.

    Pre-season for one was affected, and so have the dates during which clubs are able to buy and sell players.

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    On Monday morning the PSL issued a statement confirming that the current transfer window ends tonight. They also clarified when the mid-season window will be open.

    “PSL transfer window closes tonight. The Premier Soccer League domestic transfer window will close today, 30 November 2020 at midnight.

    “The second domestic transfer window will open on 1 February 2021 until 1 March 2021,” read the statement.

    Usually with deadline day looming, a flurry of late signings are expected. But since Covid-19 has occurred, some teams are finding themselves financially challenged and there is not expected to be too much transfer activity.

    To date, only four clubs in the top-flight have done significant business. These are Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, AmaZulu and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM).

    Sundowns, backed by the money of mining magnate and owner Patrice Motsepe, have arguably done the best business, in particularity with the signings of Peter Shalulile and Kermit Erasmus, who have both already made a significant impact.

    Pirates, who like their rivals Kaizer Chiefs, enjoy good sponsorship backing, have also made a lot of promising signings including Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, Ghana international goalkeeper Richard Ofori and several others. Their most recent deal was for DR Congo striker Jean- Marc Makusu, and it’s not expected that the Sea Robbers will bring in any additional players on Monday.

    AmaZulu meanwhile have been spending big under new owner Sandile Zungu who is hoping to reignite the Durban team. Included in the squad is former Bafana Bafana star Siphiwe Tshabalala as well as ex-Orlando Pirates trio Augustine Mulenga, Xola Mlambo and Luvuyo Memela.

    TTM, who bought the franchise of Bidvest Wits, have made a raft of new signings including Mogakolodi Ngele, Thabo Rakhale, Justin Shonga, Lerato Lamola and Thabo Mnyamane.

    Kaizer Chiefs are unable to make signings due to their Fifa transfer ban.


    Source: Premier Soccer League confirms transfer window closing date

    U.S. men’s soccer to play El Salvador on Dec. 9 in Florida


    The U.S. is preparing for the delayed start of World Cup qualifying next September. Next year’s schedule also includes the CONCACAF Nations League semifinal against Honduras in June, followed by the CONCACAF Gold Cup from July 10-Aug. 1, a tournament most top players are likely to skip.

    Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.


    Source: U.S. men’s soccer to play El Salvador on Dec. 9 in Florida



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