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MLS releases postseason schedule

When the playoffs start, and the date the league will crown its 25th champion

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With Decision Day looming, Major League Soccer announced the schedule for the upcoming Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. The post season will get underway starting on Friday, November 20. With the league crowning its 25th champion on Saturday, December 12.

Due to Covid-19, MLS expanded its playoff structure by four teams. So this season a total of 18 teams qualify for the postseason tournament. The top six teams in the east, which includes the Philadelphia Union, automatically qualify for the first round.

You won’t have an issue finding the games, as all 17 games will be broadcasted nationally on ABC, ESPN’s networks and Fox’s networks. The tournament will also see 14 games played over 13 days, talk about a rough schedule. However, between the MLS is Back tournament and the recent schedule I would say the players are use to it.

FOX Sports will cover matches in every round of the postseason, including the Eastern Conference play-in game. Fox is also hosting this year’s MLS Cup on Fox.

ESPN will also cover each round leading up to 2020 MLS Cup, highlighted by an ABC showcase of a conference finals match that will determine one of the two MLS Cup finalists. The leagues says this is the first non-championship MLS postseason match on ABC since 2006.

Univision’s UniMás/TUDN will again bring fans Spanish-language coverage of two Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs Round One matches, as well as expansive coverage of the league’s pinnacle match, 2020 MLS Cup.

You can view the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs and broadcast schedule below.

Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule
Subject to change All times Eastern.

Eastern Conference Play-In Round (2 games)
(The lower-seeded advancing team will face the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed in Round 1, while the higher-seeded advancing team will face the Eastern Conference No. 2 seed.)

Friday, Nov. 20
(two games)
6:30 p.m. FS1/FOX Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports
8:30 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports

Eastern and Western Conference Round One (8 games)
(Western Conference No. 1 vs. No. 8 seed, No. 2 vs No. 7 seed, No. 3 vs. No. 6 seed, Nov. 4 vs No. 5 seed. Eastern Conference No. 1 vs lower advancing Play-In Round seed, No. 2 vs. higher advancing Play-In Round seed, No. 3 vs. No. 6 seed, Nov. 4 vs No. 5 seed)

Saturday, Nov. 21
(two games)
2 p.m. ET UniMás/TUDN, TSN, TVA Sports
3 p.m. ET UniMás/TUDN, TSN, TVA Sports

Sunday, Nov. 22
(three games)
4 p.m. FS1/FOX Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports
7:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports
10 p.m. ESPN/ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports

Tuesday, Nov. 24
(three games)
6 p.m. FS1/FOX Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports
8 p.m. ESPN/ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports
10:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports

Eastern and Western Conference Semifinal
(4 games)
(One single-elimination game, winners advance to Conference Final)

Sunday, Nov. 29
(two games)
3 p.m. ABC/ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports
8 p.m. ESPN/ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports

Tuesday, Dec. 1
(one game)
6:30 or 9 p.m. FS1/FOX Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports

Wednesday, Dec. 2
(one game)
6:30 or 9 p.m. FS1/FOX Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports

Eastern and Western Conference Final (2 games) (One single-elimination game, winners advance to MLS Cup)

Sunday, Dec. 6
(two games)
3 p.m. ABC/ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports
6:30 p.m. FS1/FOX Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports

2020 MLS Cup (1 game)(Eastern Conference Champion vs. Western Conference Champion One single-elimination game that will crown the 2020 MLS Cup Champion.)

Saturday, Dec. 12
8 p.m. FOX, UniMás//TUDN, TSN, TVA Sports