Next up: Conference Semifinals in the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs.Round One Best-of-3 series winners have their matchup locked in – Eastern Conference Semifinals are played on Saturday, Nov. 25, while Western Conference Semifinals are played on Sunday, Nov. 26. When matches resume following the FIFA international break, single-elimination returns and theres extra-time/PKs (if needed).
The four winners reach the Conference Finals on Dec. 2-3, building towards MLS Cup presented by Audi on Dec. 9. As always, matches can be viewed via
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The Conference Semifinals are set! 👀Audi #MLSCupPlayoffspic./f6BwLnjbDI— Major League Soccer (MLS)November 13, 2023 EASTERN CONFERENCE Orlando City SC (2) vs. Columbus Crew (3)When:
Saturday, Nov. 25 | 5:30 pm ETWatch:Apple TV – MLS Season PassWhere: Exploria Stadium | Orlando, Florida
Orlando completed a Round One sweep of Nashville SC (No. 7), as goals from Wilder Cartagena and Iván Angulo
powered two separate 1-0 victories and goalkeeper Pedro Gallese posted back-to-back shutouts. The Lions also made the Conference Semifinals in 2020, starting their rise under head coach Óscar Pareja.
Columbus outlasted Atlanta in their Round One series, cruising to a 4-2 home victory in Match 3. With
Diego Rossi and Cucho Hernández the focal points, the Crew boast a high-flying attack in their first year under head coach Wilfried Nancy. They do have backline vulnerabilities, though.
FC Cincinnati (1) vs. Philadelphia Union (4)When: Saturday, Nov. 25 | 8 pm ETWatch:Apple TV – MLS Season Pass
Where: TQL Stadium | Cincinnati, OhioFC Cincinnati, after sweeping New York Red Bulls (No. 8) in Round One, are three games away from becoming the leagues ninth Supporters Shield-MLS Cup double-winning team.
Luciano Acosta, the 2023 Landon Donovan MLS MVP frontrunner, has 1g/2a in the postseason, but Cincy will be without center back
Matt Miazga due to yellow-card accumulation.Philadelphia needed only two games to surpass the New England Revolution
(No. 5) in Round One, closing out Match 2 on the road despite missing defenders Kai Wagner (suspension) and
Jakob Glesnes (injury), as well as striker Julián Carranza (injury). In 2022, the Union won this Conference Semifinal matchup at Subaru Park en route to making the MLS Cup final.
WESTERN CONFERENCE Houston Dynamo FC (4) vs. Sporting Kansas City (8)When: Sunday, Nov. 26 | 7 pm ET
Watch:Apple TV – MLS Season Pass | FS1, FOX Deportes | TSN, RDSWhere: Shell Energy Stadium | Houston, Texas
Houston, after lifting the US Open Cup in late September, dream of adding a second trophy during head coach Ben Olsens first year at the helm. They squeaked past
Real Salt Lake (No. 5) in Match 3, turning to fullback Griffin Dorsey and goalkeeper Steve Clark as their PK heroes. Star midfielder
Héctor Herrera has 1g/1a in the playoffs.Sporting KC swept St. Louis CITY SC (No. 1) in Round One, upsetting their Midwest rival and ending a dream expansion season. Peter Vermes group, led by striker
Alan Pulido, has been the Wests best team since May. But their depth will be tested after left back Logan Ndenbe
tore his ACL in Match 2.Seattle Sounders FC (2) vs. LAFC (3)When: Sunday, Nov. 26 | 9:30 pm ETWatch:Apple TV – MLS Season PassWhere: Lumen Field | Seattle, WashingtonSeattle were pushed to Match 3 by FC Dallas
(No. 7), yet won their Round One series thanks to Albert Rusnáks first-half goal. Veteran goalkeeperStefan Frei has posted two shutouts this postseason, and the Rave Greens veteran know-how has shined even as
Nicolás Lodeiro and Raúl Ruidíaz shift to super-sub roles.LAFC swept Vancouver Whitecaps FC (No. 6) in Round One, largely thanks to
Dénis Bouangas red-hot form. The Golden Boot presented by Audi winner, who had 20g/7a in the regular season, tallied three times to help the Black & Gold inch closer towards possibly being the first MLS Cup repeat winner since the 2011-12