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What is the 2022 MLS Cup playoff schedule and how to watch online and on TV?

With the regular season of Major League Soccer in the rear view mirror, all eyes are on the playoffs, and you’ll not want to miss them.

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Have you been keeping a close eye on the MLS this season? Do you know which teams have made it through to the playoffs? Whether you do or not (don’t worry, I’ll update you below) is irrelevant. The fact that you are reading this article means you are keen to know when the 2022 MLS playoffs will be taking place and how to ensure you get to see them, especially as they have been moved earlier in the year due to the Qatar World Cup. Your investigative methods are about to pay off...

What is the 2022 MLS Cup playoff schedule?

The first round matchups of the 2022 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs are set and take place between 15 and 17 October. Here’s what you need to know.

Eastern Conference

  • New York Red Bulls vs FC Cincinnati
  • New York City FC vs Inter Miami
  • Montreal vs Orlando City

Philadelphia Union, as winners of the Eastern Conference, will face the victors of the New York Red Bulls vs FC Cincinnati tie in the semi-finals.

Western Conference

  • LA Galaxy vs Nashville
  • FC Dallas vs Minnesota United
  • Austin FC vs Real Salt Lake

The winners of the LA Galaxy vs Nashville clash will take on Western Conference table-toppers Los Angeles FC in the semi-finals.

The semi-finals follow on October 20 and 23, with the Conference finals scheduled for October 30. The winners of the two Conference finals will then meet for the showpiece final on 5 November to decide the MLS Cup champions for 2022.

How can I watch the 2022 MLS playoff games?

There are a variety of broadcasters getting involved in the MLS playoffs so here’s a comprehensive list of which one is covering which game. Remember that as well as the likes of ABC, ESPN and Fox Sports, games can be live streamed on fuboTV.


Saturday October 15

  • New York Red Bulls vs FC Cincinnati, 12 p.m. ET (Univision)
  • Los Angeles Galaxy vs Nashville SC, 3 p.m. ET (Univision)

Sunday October 16

  • Austin FC vs Real Salt Lake, 3 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • CF Montréal vs Orlando City, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Monday October 17

  • New York City FC vs Inter Miami, 7 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • FC Dallas vs Minnesota United, 9:30 p.m. ET (FS1)


Thursday October 20

  • Philadelphia Union vs NYRB/FC Cincinnati winner, 8 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • Los Angeles FC vs LA Galaxy/Nashville SC winner, 10 p.m. ET (FS1)

Sunday October 23

  • CF Montréal/Orlando City winner vs New York City FC/Inter Miami winner, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  • Austin FC/Real Salt Lake winner vs FC Dallas/Minnesota United winner, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)


Sunday October 30

  • Eastern Conference final: 3 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Western Conference final: 8 p.m. ET (FS1)


Saturday November 5

  • Eastern Conference winner vs Western Conference winner, 4 p.m. ET (FOX and UniMás)

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