2022 MLS Cup playoffs: Who's in, fixtures, results, final date and key info

Some seven months after the 2022 Major League Soccer regular season began, it's over, and there's a new campaign to enjoy: the MLS Cup playoffs. After a dramatic Decision Day shook up the seedings, and LAFC secured a second Supporters' Shield in their fifth year of existence, the playoff field is now set.

With the postseason kicking off on Oct. 15, ESPN breaks down the MLS Cup playoff bracket and details every match leading up to MLS Cup on Nov. 5.

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Postseason format

The top seven teams from each conference will qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs. The No. 1 seeds in both the Eastern and Western Conferences -- the Philadelphia Union and LAFC, respectively -- will receive a bye from Round One and move directly into the conference semifinals.

The remaining 12 teams, seeds two through seven in each conference, will face off in the single-elimination Round One. The winners from that round will advance to the two-legged conference semifinals, before the format returns to single elimination in the conference finals and MLS Cup.

Information is subject to change. All times Eastern.

Round One

Saturday, Oct. 15
East: 4. New York Red Bulls (1-2) 5. FC Cincinnati
West: 4. LA Galaxy (1-0) 5. Nashville SC

Sunday, Oct. 16
West: 2. Austin FC (2 (3) - (1) 2) 7. Real Salt Lake (3 p.m. ET, stream live on ABC)
East: 2. CF Montreal (2-0) 7. Orlando City SC (8 p.m. ET, stream live on ESPN)

Monday, Oct. 17
East: 3. New York City FC (3-0) 6. Inter Miami CF (7 p.m. ET)
West: 3. FC Dallas (1 (5) - (4) 1) 6. Minnesota United FC (9:30 p.m. ET)

Conference semifinals

Thursday, Oct. 20
East: 1. Philadelphia Union (1-0) 5. FC Cincinnati (8 p.m. ET)
West: 1. LAFC (3-2) 5. LA Galaxy (10 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Oct. 23
East: 2. CF Montreal (1-3) 3. New York City FC (1 p.m. ET, stream live on ESPN)
West: 2. Austin FC (2-1) 3. FC Dallas (8 p.m. ET, stream live on ESPN)

Conference finals

Sunday, Oct. 30
West: 1. LAFC vs. 2. Austin FC (3 p.m. ET, stream live on ABC)
East: 1. Philadelphia Union vs. 3. New York City FC (8 p.m. ET)


Saturday, Nov. 5
TBC vs. TBC (4 p.m. ET)