/Major League Soccer Playoff Matchups

Major League Soccer Playoff Matchups


Clint Dempsey (2) and Obafemi Martins (9) after Dempsey scored in the Sounders’ final game of the regular season.

Sy Bean/The Seattle Times, via Associated Press

Major League Soccer’s playoffs begin with four first-round games Wednesday and Thursday. The league’s top four teams — the Red Bulls, F.C. Dallas, Vancouver and Columbus — earned byes and will await the winners for home-and-home conference semifinals that begin Sunday.

New England at D.C. United (7:30 p.m. Wednesday): D.C. United tumbled into the playoffs by losing six of its final nine games, including a 5-0 thumping at Columbus on Sunday that cost the team a first-round bye. United is home for this match, but it may stay there for the winter if it doesn’t show some life.

Los Angeles at Seattle (10 p.m. Wednesday): Like D.C. United, the Galaxy faded like a red tablecloth down the stretch. Los Angeles has the offensive players to contend for the title in Robbie Keane and Gio dos Santos, and it has a great playoff…

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