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Old 10-23-2023, 06:38 AM   #1
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Default 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs

Major League Soccer is the highest level of soccer (football for those of you non-Americans) in the United States and Canada. Somewhat, but not entirely, unique to domestic soccer leagues, MLS determines its league champion by a North American-style playoff tournament, which is the focus of this contest. Newly expanded in 2023, 18 teams take part, 9 from each conference. Los Angeles FC is the defending champion, and they are seeded third in the West. Expansion team St. Louis City SC earned the top seed in the West, while FC Cincinnati clinched the Supporters' Shield for the first time after earning the best record in regular-season play.

This contest is part of the 2023-24 Legion Cup. Top finishers will also receive points for the North American and Football/Soccer mini-cups. The winner will also receive 2 slot-equivalents ($18m of CN or PnW aid, $12m of CN aid without the FAC, or 200 tech).

Each conference will begin with a single wild-card match with no extra time, with the winners moving on to play the 1 seeds. The first round proper is made up of best-of-3 series with no ties or aggregate score (draws go straight to PKs). The remaining rounds are straight single-elimination, with extra time and PKs to break ties.

You will be picking the wild card matches and the first round proper concurrently. Here are the match-ups (I've inlined the wild card match-ups):
  • (E1) FC Cincinnati vs. (E WC) New York Red Bulls/Charlotte FC
  • (E4) Philadelphia Union vs. (E5) New England Revolution
  • (E3) Columbus Crew vs. (E6) Atlanta United FC
  • (E2) Orlando City SC vs. (E7) Nashville SC
  • (W1) St. Louis City SC vs. (W WC) Sporting Kansas City/San Jose Earthquakes
  • (W4) Houston Dynamo FC vs. (W5) Real Salt Lake
  • (W3) Los Angeles FC vs. (W6) Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • (W2) Seattle Sounders FC vs. (W7) FC Dallas

All matches in the wild card round and first round proper are worth 1 point each, and picks are due at the start of the match (wild card) or series (first round). There are way too many start times to post here, so I'll just post the earliest for both (Wednesday at 6:30 PM for the wild card and 4 PM on Saturday for the first round) and invite you to check the contest calendar or the Major League Soccer website for the other start times. Good luck!
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Old 10-23-2023, 12:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs

FC Cincinnati
Philadelphia Union
Columbus Crew
Orlando City SC
St. Louis City SC
Real Salt Lake
Los Angeles FC
Seattle Sounders FC


need to pick the wild card winners also ?
New York Red Bulls
San Jose Earthquakes
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Old 10-23-2023, 01:32 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs

Red bulls
Sporting KC

FC Cincinnati
Philadelphia Union
Columbus Crew
Orlando City SC
St Louis City SC
Houston Dynamo
LA FC
Seattle Sounders
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Old 10-23-2023, 03:34 PM   #4
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Default Re: 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs

wildcards
New York Red Bulls
Sporting Kansas City

FC Cincinnati
Philadelphia Union
Atlanta United FC
Orlando City SC
St. Louis City SC
Houston Dynamo FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Seattle Sounders FC
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Old 10-23-2023, 03:39 PM   #5
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Default Re: 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs

WC:
New York Red Bulls
Sporting Kansas City

FC Cincinnati
New England Revolution
Columbus Crew
Orlando City SC
St. Louis City SC
Houston Dynamo FC
Los Angeles FC
Seattle Sounders FC
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Old 10-25-2023, 05:17 AM   #6
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Default Re: 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs

FC Cincinnati
Philadelphia Union
Columbus Crew
Orlando City SC
St. Louis City SC
Houston Dynamo FC
Los Angeles FC
Seattle Sounders FC

Wildcard:
New York Red Bulls
Sporting Kansas City
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Old 10-25-2023, 08:15 AM   #7
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Default Re: 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs

FC Cincinnati
Philadelphia Union
Columbus Crew
Orlando City SC
St. Louis City SC
Real Salt Lake
Los Angeles FC
Seattle Sounders FC

Wild Card:

New York Red Bulls
San Jose Earthquakes
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Old 10-25-2023, 09:19 AM   #8
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Default Re: 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs

  • FC Cincinnati over New York Red Bulls
  • Philadelphia Union
  • Columbus Crew
  • Orlando City SC
  • St. Louis City SC over Sporting Kansas City
  • Houston Dynamo FC
  • Los Angeles FC
  • Seattle Sounders FC
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Old 11-16-2023, 07:36 PM   #9
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Default Re: 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs

The first round proper concluded last Sunday. Here are the results from the first two rounds:

Wild Card:
  • New York Red Bulls defeat Charlotte FC, 5-2
  • Sporting Kansas City and San Jose Earthquakes draw, 0-0 (SKC advances on penalty kicks, 4-2)

First round:
  • FC Cincinnati defeats New York Red Bulls, 2 games to 0
  • Philadelphia Union defeats New England Revolution, 2 games to 0
  • Columbus Crew defeats Atlanta United FC, 2 games to 1
  • Orlando City SC defeats Nashville SC, 2 games to 0
  • Sporting Kansas City defeats St. Louis City SC, 2 games to 0 (much to my chagrin)
  • Houston Dynamo FC defeats Real Salt Lake, 2 games to 1
  • Los Angeles FC defeats Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 2 games to 0
  • Seattle Sounders FC defeats FC Dallas, 2 games to 1

Here is how everyone did:
TeamsNYRBCLTSKCSJ
jacka  
hockeyD13 (Ozark)  
king qaz  
Deadpocketss  
juleandor  
Firkinvald  
happy5214  

TeamsCINNYRBPHINECLBATLORLNSHSTLSKCHOURSLLAFCVANSEADAL
jacka        
hockeyD13 (Ozark)        
king qaz        
Deadpocketss        
juleandor        
Firkinvald        
happy5214        

The point standings are as follows:
RulerRound of 32Round of 16Total
hockeyD13 (Ozark)279
juleandor279
happy5214279
Deadpocketss268
jacka167
Firkinvald167
king qaz257

Here are the match-ups for the conference semifinals, which are worth 2 points each:
  • FC Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia Union
  • Columbus Crew vs. Orlando City SC
  • Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo FC
  • Los Angeles FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC

The first match kicks off Saturday, November 25, at 4:30 PM server time. Full times are on the contest calendar.
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For today, we aid. For tomorrow, we tech deal. For all, we trade. Forever, wir dienen.

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Old 11-16-2023, 11:09 PM   #10
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Orlando
Cinci
SKC
Seattle
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