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MLS announces broadcast schedule for second leg of 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals

Broadcast Schedule Announced for Leg 2 of Audi 2017 MLS Cup
Playoffs Conference Semifinals

NEW YORK (October 31, 2017) – Major League Soccer tonight announced broadcast information for Leg 2 of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals, which will be played on Thursday, November 2 and Sunday, November 5.

Thursday, November 2
Western Conference Semifinals, Leg 2

  • No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC vs. No. 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10:30 p.m. ET, FS1/FOX Deportes/TSN5/TVAS)

Sunday, November 5
Eastern Conference Semifinals, Leg 2

  • No. 1 Toronto FC vs. No. 6 New York Red Bulls (3 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN 1/4 / TVA Sports)
  • No. 3 New York City FC vs. No. 5 Columbus Crew SC (5 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes TSN1 / TVA Sports)

Western Conference Semifinals, Leg 2

  • No. 1 Portland Timbers vs. No. 4 Houston Dynamo (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1/FOX Deportes / TSN1 / TVA Sports)

Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Bracket
Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs format (2017 MLS Competition Guidelines)

Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule
*Subject to change. Canadian and international broadcast information to be announced at a later date.

Knockout Round
(Conference third seed vs. sixth seed, and fourth seed vs. fifth seed in a single-game elimination match)

Wednesday, Oct. 25

  • Eastern Conference: No. 3 Chicago Fire 0-4 No. 6 New York Red Bulls
  • Western Conference: No. 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5-0 No. 6 San Jose Earthquakes

Thursday, Oct. 26

  • No. 4 Atlanta United 0 (1) – 0 (3) No. 5 Columbus Crew SC
  • No. 4 Houston Dynamo 1-0 No. 5 Sporting Kansas City

Conference Semifinals
(Two-game series, aggregate-goal format between conference top seed vs. lowest advancing seed from Knockout Round and conference second seed vs. highest seed from Knockout Round)

Eastern Conference Semifinal Series
Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 1 (2 games)
Monday, Oct. 30

  • No. 6 New York Red Bulls 1-2 No. 1 Toronto FC

Tuesday, Oct. 31

  • No. 5 Columbus Crew SC 4-1 No. 2 New York City FC

Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (2 games)
Sunday, Nov. 5

  • No. 1 Toronto FC vs. No. 6 New York Red Bulls (3 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN1/4 / TVA Sports)
  • No. 2 New York City FC vs. No. 5 Columbus Crew SC
    (5 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN1 / TVA Sports)

Western Conference Semifinal Series
Western Conference Semifinal Leg 1 (2 games)
Sunday, October 29

  • No. 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0-0 No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC

Monday, Oct. 30

  • No. 4 Houston Dynamo 0-0 No. 1 Portland Timbers

Western Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (2 games)
Thursday, Nov. 2

  • No. 2 Seattle Sounders FC vs. No. 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN5 / TVA Sports)

Sunday, Nov. 5

  • No. 1 Portland Timbers vs. No. 4 Houston Dynamo (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / TSN1 / TVA Sports)

Conference Championships
(Two-game series, aggregate-goal format)

Eastern Conference Championship Series

Eastern Conference Championship Leg 1 (1 game)

  • Tuesday, Nov. 21          8 p.m. ET          (ESPN)

Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (1 game)

  • Nov. 29                TBD         (FS1)

Western Conference Championship Series

Western Conference Championship Leg 1 (1 game)

  • Tuesday, Nov. 21          TBD            (FS1)

Western Conference Championship Leg 2 (1 game)

  • Thursday, Nov. 30         TBD            (ESPN)

2017 MLS Cup
(Hosted at the home venue of the finalist with the best regular season record)
Saturday, Dec. 9           4 p.m. ET         (ESPN, UniMás, TSN, TVA Sports, 4 p.m. ET)





MLS getting set to crown the Best of 2017 as finalists are announced


Best of MLS to be crowned as 2017 End of Year
Award Finalists are revealed

Landon Donovan MLS MVP comes down to Miguel Almirón, Nemanja Nikolić,
Diego Valeri, and previous winners Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa

NEW YORK (Tuesday, October 31, 2017) – Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for the 2017 End of Year Awards, honoring the league’s top performers during the 2017 MLS regular season.

A tightly contested race for the 2017 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award comes down to five finalists whose clubs made the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. The finalists include the two most recent MVP recipients, this year’s Golden Boot winner, and a pair of dazzling playmaking midfielders. New York City FC forward David Villa (2016 MVP) and Toronto FC forward/midfielder Sebastian Giovinco (2015 MVP) have two of the most prolific starts to their MLS careers in league history. Villa’s 63 goals rank first all-time among a player’s first three seasons in the league, while Giovinco’s 55 goals are tied for third.

Villa follows up his 2016 MVP campaign with a second-consecutive season finishing as the Golden Boot runner-up after scoring 22 goals and adding nine assists. Spain’s all-time leading scorer and a FIFA World Cup winner, Villa is one of only two players in league history to register consecutive 20-plus goal campaigns. Giovinco helped lead Toronto to an historic season with the most points ever in an MLS season (69 points), with the Italian scoring 16 goals and providing six assists. With six direct free kick goals in 2017, Giovinco set a single-season MLS record while also becoming the all-time career leader in league history (13 career free kick goals).

Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri became the second player ever to record a 20-goal, 10-assist season in MLS, finishing the year with 21 scores and 11 helpers to lead Portland to the top seed in the Western Conference. The Argentine’s 33 combined goals and assists ranks tied for fifth-most in league history, while his nine consecutive matches with a goal scored earlier this season set a new MLS record.

Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolić joins Valeri and Villa as 20-plus goal scorers in 2017, the fourth time in league history three players have scored 20 or more goals in the same season. The 2017 Golden Boot winner (24 goals) finishes as the leading goalscorer in his respective league for the fourth consecutive season, accomplishing the feat across three different countries. Rounding out the MVP finalists is Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón, who helped his club become the third active MLS expansion team to make the postseason thanks to a nine-goal, 14-assist season. The 23-year-old Paraguay National Teamer paced an Atlanta offensive attack that ranked second in the league with 70 goals scored, an MLS expansion team record.

In a similarly tight contest, the finalists for MLS Newcomer of the Year include Nikolić, Almirón and fellow Atlanta United teammate Josef Martínez. The dynamic Venezuelan forward finished his debut MLS season with 19 goals scored, the most ever by a player on an expansion team. Martínez’s three hat tricks in one season tie an MLS mark while his 0.95 goals per game average ranks third in league annals among players with at least five goals scored in a single season.

MLS Coach of the Year candidates include Toronto FC boss and Supporters’ Shield winner Greg Vanney, who led the Reds to a domestic double, additionally capturing the Canadian Championship. Also in the conversation is Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunović, who led a remarkable turnaround in 2016. After finishing with the worst record in MLS in 2016, Chicago rebounded to finish fourth in the Supporters’ Shield race and qualify for its first postseason since 2012. Rounding out the group is Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who helped his expansion side to record performances on the field and in the stands, as Atlanta set numerous MLS attendance marks aided by an exciting on-field product.

All 12 teams to make the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs have at least one award finalist, with Atlanta United leading all teams with five finalists followed by Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire with four each.

The finalists for each award are listed in alphabetical order below, as well as the announcement schedule for the winner of each.

The finalists earned the most votes in polling of three voting groups:

  • Current MLS players
  • MLS Clubs (Coaches, Technical Directors/General Managers)
  • Media members who consistently covered the 2017 MLS Regular Season

The AT&T Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year will be decided by online voting or the free MLS app from now through November 14.

2017 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists
(Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)

Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player Finalists
Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United)
Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago Fire)
Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)
David Villa (New York City FC)

Defender of the Year Finalists
Justin Morrow (Toronto FC)
Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City)
Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists
Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC)
Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City)

Newcomer of the Year Finalists
For this award, “newcomer” is defined as a player with previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2017
Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United)
Josef Martínez (Atlanta United)
Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago Fire)

AT&T Rookie of the Year Finalists
For this award, “rookie” is defined as a player without previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2017
Abu Danladi (Minnesota United FC)
Jack Elliott (Philadelphia Union)
Julian Gressel (Atlanta United)

Coach of the Year Finalists
Gerardo “Tata” Martino (Atlanta United)
Veljko Paunović (Chicago Fire)
Greg Vanney (Toronto FC)

Comeback Player of the Year Finalists
Honors an MLS player who has overcome injuries and/or adversity in order to achieve success during the 2017 regular season
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC)
Federico Higuaín (Columbus Crew SC)
Erick Torres (Houston Dynamo)

MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, presented by AdvoCare, Finalists
Ryan Hollingshead (FC Dallas)
Matt Lampson (Chicago Fire)
Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

MLS Fair Play Finalists – Individual
Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games and minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.
DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo)
Jahmir Hyka (San Jose Earthquakes)
Dave Romney (LA Galaxy)

MLS Fair Play Finalists – Team
Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fewest fouls committed, cards received, and on subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.
Chicago Fire
Seattle Sounders FC
Toronto FC

Referee of the Year Finalists
Allen Chapman
Ismail Elfath
Mark Geiger

Assistant Referee of the Year Finalists
Jeremy Hanson
Corey Parker
Adam Wienckowski

Awards Announcement Schedule:
Schedule subject to change
November 2: MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, presented by AdvoCare
November 7: MLS Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year; Fair Play Award – Individual and Team
November 8: AT&T Rookie of the Year
November 9: MLS Defender of the Year
November 14: AT&T Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year
November 15: MLS Comeback Player of the Year
November 16: Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year
November 20: Newcomer of the Year
November 27: MLS Coach of the Year
November 28: MLS Best XI
December 4: Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player




Toronto FC 2017 winner of MLS Supporters Shield for top regular season team


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Toronto FC captures Supporters’ Shield for top seed in Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs

TFC earns first MLS trophy on track for record-breaking season after missing the playoffs three years ago

NEW YORK(Saturday, September 30, 2017) – Major League Soccer tonight announced that Toronto FC has secured the 2017 MLS Supporters’ Shield, earning the top seed in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs by virtue of achieving a 19-5-8 record and 65 points, which no other team can surpass in the final weeks of the MLS regular season.

After staking claim to the coveted Supporters’ Shield and remaining untouchable atop MLS standings since July 19, Toronto FC is polishing its first piece of MLS hardware during one of the most impressive campaigns in League history. Earning a berth to the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs a full six weeks prior to season’s end, the reigning Canadian Championship victors have equaled the fastest postseason qualification by any club since 2006. With Supporters’ Shield firmly cementing TFC as the No.1 seed in the playoffs, Toronto is awarded a first-round postseason bye, and will play its first playoff match in the Conference Semifinals against the winner of the lower-seeded Eastern Conference Knockout Round.

Complete Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs qualification procedures and format can be foundhere.

Setting sights on consecutive MLS Cup appearances, Toronto boasts an 11-game unbeaten streak from July 5-September 16, and is on pace to potentially surpass a number of League records, including most goals per game and the greatest margin of goal differential in a single season. Netting an average of 2.22 finishes per outing, TFC (by season’s end) could eclipse one of the highest goal scoring averages since the 2.12 goals per game standard set by the San Jose Earthquakes in 2012. Proving success on both sides of the ball, TFC could also be within reach of the goal differential record, as the club currently holds a margin of +36 with two games remaining to reach the +44 mark set by the LA Galaxy in 1998.

Led by U.S. Men’s National Team players Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, Greg Vanney’s star-studded squad also includes 2015 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco, who has finished a single-season record five goals on set pieces in 2017. Off the boots of unsung midfield hero Victor Vazquez, who leads the League with 16 assists, TFC has also found success through consistent play from a strong contingent of Canadian National Team players.

The Supporters’ Shield, introduced by organized fan groups, is awarded annually to the supporters of the team with the best regular season record in MLS. The Supporters’ Shield has been won by a total of 11 different MLS clubs throughout the league’s 21-season history, with both the LA Galaxy and D.C. United hoisting the trophy a record four times. Of the previous 20 winners, six have gone on to win MLS Cup, one has lost in the Cup final, seven have been eliminated in the Conference Championships, while seven have lost in the Conference Semifinals.

Major League Soccer Supporters’ Shield winners

2017: Toronto FC (19-5-8, 65 points)
2016: FC Dallas (17-8-9, 60 points)
2015: New York Red Bulls (18-10-6, 60 points)
2014: Seattle Sounders FC (20-10-4, 64 pts.)
2013: New York Red Bulls (17-9-8, 59 pts.)
2012: San Jose Earthquakes (19-6-9, 66 pts.)
2011: LA Galaxy (19-5-10, 67 pts.)
2010: LA Galaxy (18-7-5, 59 pts.)
2009: Columbus Crew (13-7-10, 49 pts.)
2008: Columbus Crew (17-7-6, 57 pts.)
2007: D.C. United (16-7-7, 55 pts.)
2006: D.C. United (15-7-10, 55 pts.)
2005: San Jose Earthquakes (18-4-10, 64 pts.)
2004: Columbus Crew (12-5-13, 49 pts.)
2003: Chicago Fire (15-7-8, 53 pts.)
2002: LA Galaxy (16-9-3, 51 pts.)
2001: Miami Fusion (16-5-5, 53 pts.)
2000: Kansas City Wizards (16-7-9, 57 pts.)
1999: D.C. United (23-9-0, 57 pts.)
1998: LA Galaxy (24-8-0, 68 pts.)
1997: D.C. United* (21-11-0, 55 pts.)
1996: Tampa Bay Mutiny* (20-12-0, 58 pts.)

*Awarded retroactively


Miguel Almiron of Atlanta United chosen #1 by 24 Under 24 player series; Crew SC’s Kekuta Manneh selected


Miguel Almirón (courtesy Atlanta United)

Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón voted No. 1 in 24 Under 24 series
Almirón highlights star-studded group that features seven Designated Players; Top 10 was unveiled Thursday on ExtraTime Live driven by Continental
NEW YORK (Thursday, September 28, 2017) – announced today that Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón has been voted the No. 1 player in the 2017 24 Under 24. The top 10 players were unveiled on a special edition of ExtraTime Live driven by Continental on Facebook Live.

Almirón headlines a star-studded group that features seven Young Designated Players, including fellow Atlanta player and eighth-ranked Héctor Villalba, Real Salt Lake teammatesAlbert Rusnák and Jefferson Savarino, D.C. United newcomer Paul Arriola, Houston Dynamo striker Alberth Elis and FC Dallas midfielder Carlos Gruezo. The average age of this Designated Player group is 22.5 years old.

The caliber of this year’s ranking encapsulates the increased talent and experience in this series with a balance of 13 returnees and 11 newcomers. Seven Homegrown Players make up the list, with four Homegrowns ranked in the top 10. Fourteen clubs are recognized in the 2017 series, and four teams have three representatives: Atlanta, Dallas, New York City FC and Salt Lake.

With Almirón’s top billing, Atlanta becomes the first MLS expansion franchise to achieve the No. 1 spot since the 24 Under 24 series began in 2010.

Highlighting the top five:
The 23-year-old Miguel Almirón has played a crucial role in his first MLS season as a key contributor to Atlanta’s exciting expansion campaign. The Paraguayan international has doled out 13 assists and tallied nine goals in 29 matches this year. Recently referred to as Atlanta’s “heartbeat” by teammate and MLS veteran Jeff Larentowicz, Almirón recorded a memorable hat trick during Atlanta’s 4-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on May 20. He has also shined among the league’s best, earning a spot on the 2017 MLS All-Star Team and appearing in 10 games with Paraguay’s national team, including the Copa America Centenario and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

At No. 2, FC Dallas Homegrown Player and budding U.S. National Team midfielder Kellyn Acosta continues to add to his credentials for both club and country. Gaining 24 Under 24 recognition for a third straight year, Acosta has moved up the list from being voted fourth in 2016 and 14th in 2015. The Plano, Texas native has already surpassed 100 career appearances since signing with FC Dallas in 2012. One of four players in this year’s 24 Under 24 who were part of the U.S. National Team’s 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup-winning squad, Acosta is among the likes of  Dallas and U.S. MNT goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris and D.C.’s Paul Arriola.

New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison becomes the fifth person in the 24 Under 24 series’ history to earn back-to-back top-three rankings. Harrison, who was No. 2 in 2016, comes in at the No. 3 spot this year. The top selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft is thriving during his sophomore campaign with NYCFC, establishing himself as an unsung offensive threat alongside 2016 Landon Donovan MVP winner David Villa. Recording a career-high 10 goals to go with six assists in 31 matches, Harrison has played a vital role in leading NYCFC to its second straight Audi MLS Cup Playoffs berth.

At No. 4, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 16-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies earns his first appearance in 24 Under 24. Davies signed as a Homegrown Player last year at age 15, and is this season earning regular minutes for one of the top-rated Western Conference sides of 2017. Davies’ breakout moment was with Canada’s national team when he recorded a brace during a 4-2 victory against French Guiana in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. With three tournament goals, Davies was named to the Gold Cup Best XI, earned the Young Player Award and won the Golden Boot, providing a glimpse of what’s to come for Whitecaps FC.

Rounding out the top five is Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin, who earned the No. 1 ranking in 2016 and has been named to the the 24 Under 24 series on three consecutive occasions. The 2015 AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year and top selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft is delivering once again with 12 goals in 27 games, and he has produced 43 goals in 86 matches during his three-year MLS tenure.

For full coverage of 2017 MLS 24 Under 24, including interviews, features and more, 24 Under 24 winners:

  • 2010: Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2011: Brek Shea, FC Dallas
  • 2012: Darren Mattocks, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • 2013: Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers
  • 2014: DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2015: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
  • 2016: Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC
  • 2017: Miguel Almirón, Atlanta United

2017 24 Under 24:
1. Miguel Almirón, Atlanta United^
2. Kellyn Acosta, FC Dallas*
3. Jack Harrison, New York City FC
4. Alphonso Davies, Vancouver Whitecaps FC*^
5. Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC
6. Yangel Herrera, New York City FC^
7. Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders FC*
8. Héctor Villalba, Atlanta United^
9. Paul Arriola, D.C. United^
10. Tyler Adams, New York Red Bulls*^
11. Yamil Asad, Atlanta United^
12. Alberth Elis, Houston Dynamo^
13. Cristian Roldan, Seattle Sounders FC
14. Carlos Gruezo, FC Dallas
15. Albert Rusnák, Real Salt Lake
16. Ronald Matarrita, New York City FC
17. Erik Palmer-Brown, Sporting Kansas City*
18. Justen Glad, Real Salt Lake*
19. Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, Montreal Impact*^
20. Jesse Gonzalez, FC Dallas*
21. Luciano Acosta, D.C. United^
22. Jefferson Savarino, Real Salt Lake^
23. Kekuta Manneh, Columbus Crew SC
24. Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution*

*Homegrown Player
^Player making his first appearance on the list

By Position:
Goalkeepers (1): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)
Defenders (3): Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake)
Midfielders (14): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Luciano Acosta (D.C. United), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Yamil Asad (Atlanta United), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution), Carlos Gruezo (FC Dallas), Jack Harrison (New York City FC), Yangel Herrera (New York City FC), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Albert Rusnák (Real Salt Lake), Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla (Montreal Impact)
Forwards (6): Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC), Kekuta Manneh (Columbus Crew SC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Jefferson Savarino (Real Salt Lake), Héctor Villalba (Atlanta United)

Team Totals:
Atlanta United (3)
FC Dallas (3)
New York City FC (3)
Real Salt Lake (3)
D.C. United (2)
Seattle Sounders FC (2)
Columbus Crew SC (1)
Houston Dynamo (1)
Montreal Impact (1)
Orlando City SC (1)
New England Revolution (1)
New York Red Bulls (1)
Sporting Kansas City (1)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1)


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