The MLS Cup playoff picture is officially set, and what a Decision Day it was.
Ten matches were held and six playoff spots were determined by the end of Sunday, with Toronto FC claiming the expanded sixth seed in the Eastern Conference behind the New England Revolution, D.C. United and Montreal Impact. Columbus Crew SC earned the second spot in the conference while the New York Red Bulls claimed their second Supporters Shield in franchise history with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire.
In the Western Conference, FC Dallas took the top seed and is officially followed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders FC and the LA Galaxy. Benefitting from the expanded playoff bracket this year is sixth-seeded Sporting Kansas City.
The top two seeds in each conference have avoided the knockout round and now await the winner of all four games on Wednesday and Thursday. For those hoping to attend an upcoming playoff match, TiqIQ.com offers the best ticket deals for every team in the hunt for the MLS Cup 2015.
The action starts Wednesday when D.C. United host the Revs in the knockout stage at RFK Stadium. DC United vs Revolution tickets average just $44 on TiqIQ and tickets start for as low as $24. The winner will go on to face the Red Bulls in the Conference Semifinal Round at Red Bull Arena in Newark, New Jersey on November 8. That match currently owns a secondary market average of $117.11 and the get-in price is $55.
For those traveling to New Jersey for the seminal match, a wide variety of flight and hotel arrangements are available on Hipmunk.com. Cheap flights to Newark can be paired with many Newark hotels located near Red Bull Arena to eliminate the headache that is synonymous with travel plans.
The LA Galaxy travel to CenturyLink Field for their Knockout Round game with the Seattle Sounders in the later match Tuesday. The winner will take on top-seeded Dallas FC at Toyota Stadium November 8.
The third and sixth-seeded will meet the following day with the Montreal Impact welcoming Toronto FC at Stade Saputo in the earlier match. The winner will advance to take on Columbus Crew at Mapfre Stadium this Saturday. The Western Conference match pens the Portland Timbers hosting Sporting Kansas City at Providence Park. The winner draws Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the Conference Semifinal at Sporting Park on Sunday.