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The 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs (branded as the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for sponsorship reasons) began on October 25, and ended on December 9 with MLS Cup 2017, the 22nd league championship match for MLS.[1] This is the 22nd version of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the tournament culminating the Major League Soccer regular season. Twelve teams, the top six of each conference, compete in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

2017 MLS Cup Playoffs
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CountryUnited States
Canada
Teams12
Defending championsSeattle Sounders FC
ChampionsToronto FC (1st title)
Runners-upSeattle Sounders FC
Semi-finalists
Matches played17
Goals scored34 (2 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)United States Clint Dempsey
(3 goals)
2016
2018

The first round of each conference has the third-seeded team hosting the sixth seed while the fourth-seed hosts the fifth seed in a single match to determine who advances to the Conference Semifinals. In the Conference Semifinals, the top seed plays the lowest remaining seed while the second plays the next-lowest. The winners advance to the Conference Finals. Both the Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals are played as a two-legged aggregate series. The winners advance to the MLS Cup, a single match hosted by the participant with the better record.

Contents

Conference standingsEdit

The top six teams from each conference advance to the MLS Cup playoffs. Chicago and Portland won seeding tiebreakers over Atlanta and Seattle, respectively, based on total wins.

BracketEdit

                                           
Knockout Round  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup
October 26 – Atlanta, Georgia              
E4  Atlanta United FC  0 (1)
E5  Columbus Crew  4  0  4
E5  Columbus Crew (p)  0 (3)      
E2  New York City FC  1  2  3  
Eastern Conference
October 25 – Bridgeview, Illinois E5  Columbus Crew  0  0  0
 
  E1  Toronto FC  0  1  1  
E3  Chicago Fire  0
E6  New York Red Bulls  1  1  2
E6  New York Red Bulls  4   December 9 – Toronto, Ontario
E1  Toronto FC (a)  2  0  2  
 
October 26 – Houston, Texas E1  Toronto FC  2
 
  W2  Seattle Sounders  0
W4  Houston Dynamo (a.e.t.)  1
W4  Houston Dynamo  0  2  2
W5  Sporting Kansas City  0      
W1  Portland Timbers  0  1  1  
Western Conference
October 25 – Vancouver, British Columbia W4  Houston Dynamo  0  0  0
 
  W2  Seattle Sounders FC  2  3  5  
W3  Vancouver Whitecaps FC  5
W3  Vancouver Whitecaps FC  0  0  0
W6  San Jose Earthquakes  0  
W2  Seattle Sounders FC  0  2  2  


Knockout RoundEdit

SummaryEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Eastern Conference
Chicago Fire (E3) 0–4 New York Red Bulls (E6)
Atlanta United FC (E4) 0–0
(1–3 p)
Columbus Crew (E5)
Western Conference
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W3) 5–0 San Jose Earthquakes (W6)
Houston Dynamo (W4) 1–0 (a.e.t.) Sporting Kansas City (W5)

MatchesEdit

Chicago Fire0–4New York Red Bulls
Report
Attendance: 11,647
Referee: Ismail Elfath

Atlanta United FC0–0 (a.e.t.)Columbus Crew
Report
Penalties
1–3

Vancouver Whitecaps FC5–0San Jose Earthquakes
Report
Attendance: 21,083
Referee: José Carlos Rivero

Houston Dynamo1–0 (a.e.t.)Sporting Kansas City
Report

Conference SemifinalsEdit

SummaryEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
New York Red Bulls (E6) 2–2 (a) Toronto FC (E1) 1–2 1–0
Columbus Crew (E5) 4–3 New York City FC (E2) 4–1 0–2
Western Conference
Houston Dynamo (W4) 2–1 Portland Timbers (W1) 0–0 2–1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W3) 0–2 Seattle Sounders FC (W2) 0–0 0–2

MatchesEdit

New York Red Bulls1–2Toronto FC
Report
Toronto FC0–1New York Red Bulls
Report
Attendance: 29,974
Referee: Chris Penso

2–2 on aggregate. Toronto FC won on away goals.


Columbus Crew4–1New York City FC
Report
Attendance: 14,416
Referee: Alan Kelly
New York City FC2–0Columbus Crew
Report

Columbus Crew won 4–3 on aggregate.


Vancouver Whitecaps FC0–0Seattle Sounders FC
Report
Seattle Sounders FC2–0Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Report

Seattle Sounders FC won 2–0 on aggregate.


Houston Dynamo0–0Portland Timbers
Report
Attendance: 15,169
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Portland Timbers1–2Houston Dynamo
Report
Attendance: 21,144
Referee: Ismail Elfath

Houston Dynamo won 2–1 on aggregate.

Conference FinalsEdit

SummaryEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Columbus Crew (E5) 0–1 Toronto FC (E1) 0–0 0–1
Western Conference
Houston Dynamo (W4) 0–5 Seattle Sounders FC (W2) 0–2 0–3

MatchesEdit

Columbus Crew0–0Toronto FC
Report
Attendance: 21,289
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Toronto FC1–0Columbus Crew
Report
Attendance: 30,392
Referee: Jair Marrufo

Toronto FC won 1–0 on aggregate.


Houston Dynamo0–2Seattle Sounders FC
Report
Seattle Sounders FC3–0Houston Dynamo
Report

Seattle Sounders FC won 5–0 on aggregate.

MLS CupEdit

Toronto FC2–0Seattle Sounders FC
Report
Attendance: 30,584

GoalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule revealed, final to be played on Dec. 9". Major League Soccer. August 23, 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Playoffs". Major League Soccer.