2013 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2013 MLS Cup Playoffs
2013 MLS Cup Playoffs Logo.jpg
Country United States
Canada
Teams 10
Champions Sporting Kansas City
Runners-up Real Salt Lake
Matches played 15
Goals scored 42 (2.8 per match)

The 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs was the eighteenth post-season tournament culminating the Major League Soccer regular season. The tournament began in late October and culminated on December 7, 2013 with MLS Cup 2013, the eighteenth league championship for MLS. This was the third year that the playoffs included ten teams,[1] and the second playoff series since 2006 in which teams could not cross conference brackets.[2] The top five teams in both the Eastern and Western conferences of the league earned berths, with the top three clubs in each conference earning direct byes to the conference semifinals. The fourth and fifth-place finishers of both conferences competed in a single-elimination play-in match.

The play-in winner played their respective conference regular season champion in the conference semifinals, which was a two-leg aggregate series, without the away goals rule enforced. For the second year in a row, each Conference Championship will also be a two-leg aggregate series, as opposed to the traditional single elimination match.[2] The MLS Cup championship will once again remain a single match, but the team with the stronger regular season record will host the final at their home venue.[1]

Los Angeles Galaxy were the defending champions, having defeated Houston Dynamo 3–1 in the 2012 MLS Cup.

In a break from previous years, only the MLS Cup winner will directly enter the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League, with the champion earning a Pot A seed. They will be joined by the New York Red Bulls, the Supporters' Shield winner; the Portland Timbers, the conference winner from the conference opposite the Supporters' Shield winner; and D.C. United, the 2013 U.S. Open Cup champion. However, none of these berths are available to the league's three Canadian teams, which instead participate in the Canadian Championship for that country's single berth in the CONCACAF Champions League. The change from the MLS Cup runner-up gaining entry to the CONCACAF Champions League to the opposite conference winner gaining entry was new for 2013. The change was announced after the MLS Cup has been played, with the announcement stating that the teams knew in advance.[3]

Format[edit]

For 2013, the league kept the format the same as the 2012 edition. In 2012, the league's previous system of "wild card" qualification—which had the potential for "crossover" series in which one team could play in the other conference's bracket—was scrapped. Instead, the current system has the top five teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs and the two conference brackets are entirely separate. The First Round of each conference is a one-off match between the 4th and 5th place teams, similar to the previous wild card system, with the 4th-place team hosting. The First Round winner advances to play the conference's top seed in the Conference Semifinals.[4][1]

Conference Semifinals and Conference Championship series are conducted in a home-and-away aggregate-goal format. The lower-seeded team in the Conference Semifinal hosts the first game, and the higher seed hosts the second. If the teams are tied after two games, a 30-minute extra time period (divided into two 15-minute periods) will be played followed by penalty kicks, if necessary. The away goals rule or golden goal is not used.[4]

In the case of ties in the First Round and MLS Cup, extra time and penalty kicks are used in the same manner as above.[1]

Qualification[edit]

Eastern Conference

Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 New York Red Bulls (SS) (E1) 59 34 17 9 8 58 41 +17 2013 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 Sporting Kansas City 58 34 17 10 7 47 30 +17
3 New England Revolution 51 34 14 11 9 49 38 +11
4 Houston Dynamo 51 34 14 11 9 41 41 0 2013 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Montreal Impact 49 34 14 13 7 50 49 +1
6 Chicago Fire 49 34 14 13 7 47 52 −5
7 Philadelphia Union 46 34 12 12 10 42 44 −2
8 Columbus Crew 41 34 12 17 5 42 46 −4
9 Toronto FC 29 34 6 17 11 30 47 −17
10 D.C. United 16 34 3 24 7 22 59 −37

Updated to matches played on October 27, 2013 6:55 p.m. EDT
Source: MLSSoccer.com
(E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (E2) = Eastern Conference runner-up; (E3) = Eastern Conference third seed; (WC) = Qualifies for playoffs via wild-card.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff contention.

Western Conference

Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 Portland Timbers (W1) 57 34 14 5 15 54 33 +21 2013 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 Real Salt Lake 56 34 16 10 8 57 41 +16
3 LA Galaxy 53 34 15 11 8 53 38 +15
4 Seattle Sounders FC 52 34 15 12 7 42 42 0 2013 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Colorado Rapids 51 34 14 11 9 45 38 +7
6 San Jose Earthquakes 51 34 14 11 9 35 42 −7
7 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 48 34 13 12 9 53 45 +8
8 FC Dallas 44 34 11 12 11 48 52 −4
9 Chivas USA 26 34 6 20 8 30 67 −37

Updated to matches played on October 27, 2013 8:00 p.m. PDT
Source: MLSSoccer.com
(W1) = Western Conference champion; (W2) = Western Conference runner-up; (W3) = Western Conference third seed; (WC) = Qualifies for playoffs via wild-card.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff contention.

Tiebreak rules[edit]

When two or more teams are tied in standings on points the following tiebreak rules[1][5] apply:

  1. Most wins
  2. Goals for
  3. Goal differential
  4. Fewest disciplinary points in the official points table (foul: 1 pt, first yellow: 3 pts, second yellow: 5 pts, straight red: 6 pts, disciplinary commission suspension: 6 pts, etc.)
  5. Road goals
  6. Road goal differential
  7. Home goals
  8. Home goal differential
  9. Coin toss (two teams) or drawing of lots (three or more teams)

Bracket[edit]

East Knockout
     
E4 Houston Dynamo 3
E5 Montreal Impact 0
West Knockout
     
W4 Seattle Sounders FC 2
W5 Colorado Rapids 0
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2013
                               


E1  New York Red Bulls 2 1  
E4  Houston Dynamo 2 2  
  E4  Houston Dynamo 0 1  
Eastern Conference
  E2  Sporting Kansas City 0 2  
E2  Sporting Kansas City 1 3
E3  New England Revolution 2 1  
  E2  Sporting Kansas City (p) 1(7)
  W2  Real Salt Lake 1(6)
W1  Portland Timbers 2 3  
W4  Seattle Sounders FC 1 2  
  W1  Portland Timbers 2 0
Western Conference
  W2  Real Salt Lake 4 1  
W2  Real Salt Lake 0 2
W3  LA Galaxy 1 0  

Schedule[edit]

Knockout round[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

October 31, 2013
7:30 p.m. CDT
Houston Dynamo 3–0 Montreal Impact
Bruin Goal 16'72'
García Goal 27' (pen.)
Report
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
Attendance: 10,476
Referee: Mark Geiger

Western Conference[edit]

October 30, 2013
7:30 p.m. PDT
Seattle Sounders FC 2–0 Colorado Rapids
Evans Goal 28'
Johnson Goal 90+3'
Report
CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Attendance: 32,204
Referee: Silviu Petrescu

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]


November 2, 2013
8:00 p.m. EDT
New England Revolution 2–1 Sporting Kansas City
Dorman Goal 55'
Rowe Goal 67'
Report Collin Goal 69'
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
Attendance: 15,164
Referee: Ismail Elfath
November 6, 2013
8:00 p.m. CST
Sporting Kansas City 3–1 (a.e.t.) New England Revolution
Collin Goal 41'
Sinovic Goal 79'
Bieler Goal 113'
Report Imbongo Goal 70'
Sporting Park, Kansas City
Attendance: 19,031
Referee: Mark Geiger

Sporting Kansas City won 4–3 on aggregate


November 3, 2013
3:30 p.m. EST
Houston Dynamo 2–2 New York Red Bulls
Clark Goal 51'
Cummings Goal 90+2'
Report Cahill Goal 22'
Alexander Goal 32'
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
Attendance: 20,626
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
November 6, 2013
8:00 p.m. EST
New York Red Bulls 1–2 (a.e.t.) Houston Dynamo
Wright-Phillips Goal 23' Report Davis Goal 36'
Cummings Goal 104'
Red Bull Arena, Harrison
Attendance: 22,264
Referee: Silviu Petrescu

Houston Dynamo won 4–3 on aggregate


Western Conference[edit]


November 2, 2013
7:00 p.m. PDT
Seattle Sounders FC 1–2 Portland Timbers
Alonso Goal 90' Report Johnson Goal 15'
Nagbe Goal 67'
CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Attendance: 38,507
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
November 7, 2013
8:00 p.m. PST
Portland Timbers 3–2 Seattle Sounders FC
Johnson Goal 29' (pen.)
Valeri Goal 44'
Danso Goal 47'
Report Yedlin Goal 74'
Johnson Goal 76'
Jeld-Wen Field, Portland
Attendance: 20,674
Referee: Hilario Grajeda

Portland Timbers won 5–3 on aggregate


November 3, 2013
6:00 p.m. PST
Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 Real Salt Lake
Franklin Goal 48' Report
StubHub Center, Carson
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Kevin Stott
November 7, 2013
7:00 p.m. MST
Real Salt Lake 2–0 (a.e.t.) Los Angeles Galaxy
Velásquez Goal 35'
Schuler Goal 102'
Report
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy
Attendance: 19,042
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Real Salt Lake won 2–1 on aggregate


Conference Finals[edit]

November 9, 2013
1:30 p.m. CST
Houston Dynamo 0–0 Sporting Kansas City
Report
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
Attendance: 22,107
Referee: Kevin Stott
November 23, 2013
6:30 p.m. CST
Sporting Kansas City 2–1 Houston Dynamo
Sapong Goal 14'
Dwyer Goal 63'
Report Garcia Goal 3'
Sporting Park, Kansas City
Attendance: 21,650
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Sporting Kansas City won 2–1 on aggregate


November 10, 2013
7:00 p.m. MST
Real Salt Lake 4–2 Portland Timbers
Schuler Goal 35'
Findley Goal 41'
Sandoval Goal 48'
Morales Goal 82'
Report Johnson Goal 14'
Piquionne Goal 90+4'
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy
Attendance: 17,333
Referee: Armando Villarreal
November 24, 2013
6:00 p.m. PST
Portland Timbers 0–1 Real Salt Lake
Report Findley Goal 29'
Jeld-Wen Field, Portland
Attendance: 20,674
Referee: Mark Geiger

Real Salt Lake won 5–2 on aggregate

MLS Cup[edit]

Main article: MLS Cup 2013

Result[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Competition Rules and Regulations". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Big changes for MLS Cup Playoffs format in 2012". MLSsoccer.com. November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Portland Timbers headed to 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League after USSF rule change approved". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "2012 MLS Cup Playoffs". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved October 30, 2102. 
  5. ^ "New tiebreakers designed to encourage attacking play". MLS Communications. MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012.