2020 MLS Cup Playoffs: Complete TV schedule, live stream, dates and storylines to watch

The 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs officially begin on Friday with two play-in games in the Eastern Conference before the top 16 teams battle it out to reach the MLS Cup Final. The format is slightly different from previous seasons due to the pandemic and the MLS is Back Tournament. As a result, the league used a points-per-game system to determine regular season standings and playoff seedings

The fun begins on Nov. 20 with 17 winner-take-all games played over a span of 22 days as all roads lead to the Dec.12 final. Every match will be available to stream on fuboTV (Try for free). 

Here is the schedule and storylines to watch:

MLS Cup Playoffs: Schedule

Friday, Nov. 20

  • New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact — 6:30 p.m. ET (FS1, Fox Deportes)
  • Nashville SC vs. Inter Miami — 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)

Saturday, Nov. 21

  • Orlando City vs. NYCFC — 12 p.m. ET (UniMás, TUDN)
  • Columbus Crew vs. NY Red Bulls — 3 p.m. ET (UniMás, TUDN)

Sunday, Nov. 22

  • Sporting KC vs. San Jose Earthquakes — 4 p.m. ET (FS1, Fox Deportes)
  • Minnesota United vs. Colorado Rapids — 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
  • Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas — 10 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

Tuesday, Nov. 24

  • Toronto FC vs. TBD — 6 p.m. ET (FS1, Fox Deportes)
  • Philadelphia Union vs. TBD — 8 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
  • Seattle Sounders vs. LAFC — 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

Sunday, Nov. 29

  • Conference semifinal 1 — 3 p.m. ET (ABC, ESPN Deportes)
  • Conference semifinal 2 — 8 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • Conference semifinal 3 — 6:30 or 9 p.m. ET (FS1, Fox Deportes)

Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • Conference semifinal 4 — 6:30 or 9 p.m. ET (FS1, Fox Deportes)

Sunday, Dec. 6

  • Conference final 1 — 3 p.m. ET (ABC, ESPN Deportes)
  • Conference final 2 — 6:30 p.m. ET (FS1, Fox Deportes)

Saturday, Dec. 12

  • MLS Cup Final — 8 p.m. ET (Fox, UniMás, TUDN)


Can Jim Curtin keep Philly flying high?

The Union had the best team in the regular season with the impressive 14-5-4 record and conceded under a goal per game. The organization and teamwork on the pitch, and the ability to both put teams away and squeak out narrow victories makes this team dangerous, because the attack has been consistently good. Only twice in the last 10 games has this team failed to score at least two goals in a game. Then you look at top defense and the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in Andre Blake, and you have a team built to win the title. 

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Pressure off LAFC

Over the last couple seasons, LAFC have been looked at as a favorite to win MLS Cup, only to then cave under the pressure and high expectations in the playoffs. The new single elimination format might not favor a team like this which can be prone to swings in form, but those same swings mean this time around there is no pressure. LAFC had a strange season going 9-5-8 while missing star Carlos Vela to injury for long stretches. The attack is still great, and the defense still isn’t, but with other teams looking more like contenders, could they fly under the radar and make the final? 

Plus, they’ll be motivated by getting Seattle in their playoff opener. The Sounders ended LAFC’s season a year ago before winning MLS Cup. 

Don’t discount Columbus

Columbus Crew coach Caleb Porter has the potential to do something that only one other coach in history has done, and that is win an MLS Cup with one club, and then win it with the team he defeated. Bruce Arena won the first MLS Cup with D.C. United in 1996 by beating the Los Angeles Galaxy, and then he won the title with the Californian side later in his career. Porter, who won it in 2015 with Portland over Columbus, now is trying to do it with the Crew, and boy do they have a chance. Not only is it because of Gyasi Zardes’ fine play in attack, but the acquisition of Argentine Lucas Zelarayan supporting him has made all the difference. 

The former Tigres attacking midfielder has six goals in his first season, and has provided some of the flashiest assists in the league this year, adding a layer of creativity this team hasn’t had since Federico Higuain’s prime.

Don’t be shocked if Columbus represents the Eastern Conference in the final, with Zelarayan and Zardes leading the way.

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