Question by Alice: Why do new york red bulls play in western conference playoffs?
So the red bulls just beat fc dallas for the wild card and are next going to play galaxy to start off the mls playoffs, why is that? Shouldn’t they be playing against eastern teams since ny is in the east?
Answer by ChoDuffield
Unlike most sports in the US, MLS tries to make the playoffs mean something. As such the wildcard teams are exactly that; wildcards. They are no longer associated with any division. As the lowest seed remaining they must play the highest seed which happens to be LA.
“* The top three finishers in each conference, based on regular season points (six automatic berths)
* The next best four clubs based on regular season points, irrespective of conference (four wild cards)
The four wild cards will play single elimination games against each other, with higher seeds hosting (1 vs. 4; 2 vs. 3). These play-in games are part of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
After the two play-in games conclude, the lowest remaining seed will face the Supporters’ Shield winner in the Conference Semifinals; the other will face the No. 1 seed in the opposite conference from the Supporters’ Shield winner.”
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