2016 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2016 MLS Cup Playoffs
2016 MLS Cup Playoffs logo.png
Country United States
Teams 12
Defending champions Portland Timbers
(did not qualify)
Champions Seattle Sounders FC (1st title)
Runners-up Toronto FC
Matches played 17
Goals scored 50 (2.94 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) United States Jozy Altidore
(5 goals)

The 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs (branded as the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for sponsorship reasons) began on October 26, and ended on December 10 with MLS Cup 2016, the 21st league championship match for MLS.[1] This was the 21st version of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the tournament culminating the Major League Soccer regular season.

Twelve teams (the top 6 per conference) competed. The first round of each conference had the third-seeded team hosting the sixth seed while the fourth-seed hosted the fifth in a single match to determine who advanced to the Conference Semifinals. In the Conference Semifinals, the top seed played the lowest remaining seed while the second played the next-lowest. The winners advanced to the Conference Finals. Both the Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals were played as two-legged aggregate series. The winners advanced to the MLS Cup, a single match hosted by the participant with the better record.

The Seattle Sounders defeated Toronto FC 5–4 on penalties to win their first ever MLS Cup. The game ended scoreless after extra time.

It was the first MLS Cup in league history that two expansion teams participated in the final.[2] It was also the first time in the league's history that a Canadian MLS team competed in the MLS Cup.

Conference standings[edit]

The top 6 teams from each conference advance to the MLS Cup playoffs.


Knockout Round  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup
October 27 – Washington, D.C.              
E4  D.C. United  2
E5  Montreal Impact  1  2  3
E5  Montreal Impact  4      
E1  New York Red Bulls  0  1  1  
Eastern Conference
October 26 – Toronto, Ontario E5  Montreal Impact  3  2  5
  E3  Toronto FC (a.e.t.)  2  5  7  
E3  Toronto FC  3
E3  Toronto FC  2  5  7
E6  Philadelphia Union  1   December 10 – Toronto, Ontario
E2  New York City FC  0  0  0  
October 27 – Seattle, Washington E3  Toronto FC  0 (4)
  W4  Seattle Sounders FC (p)  0 (5)
W4  Seattle Sounders FC  1
W4  Seattle Sounders FC  3  1  4
W5  Sporting Kansas City  0      
W1  FC Dallas  0  2  2  
Western Conference
October 26 – Carson, California W4  Seattle Sounders FC  2  1  3
  W2  Colorado Rapids  1  0  1  
W3  LA Galaxy  3
W3  LA Galaxy  1  0  1 (1)
W6  Real Salt Lake  1  
W2  Colorado Rapids (p)  0  1  1 (3)  

Knockout Round[edit]


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Eastern Conference
Toronto FC 3–1 Philadelphia Union
D.C. United 2–4 Montreal Impact
Western Conference
LA Galaxy 3–1 Real Salt Lake
Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 Sporting Kansas City


Toronto FC 3–1 Philadelphia Union
Giovinco Goal 15'
Osorio Goal 48'
Altidore Goal 85'
Report Bedoya Goal 73'
Attendance: 21,759

D.C. United 2–4 Montreal Impact
Neagle Goal 90'
Kemp Goal 90+4'
Report Ciman Goal 4'
Mancosu Goal 43'58'
Piatti Goal 83'
Attendance: 12,773
Referee: Jair Marrufo

LA Galaxy 3–1 Real Salt Lake
Gordon Goal 14'
Boateng Goal 26'34'
Report Plata Goal 21' (pen.)
Attendance: 18,124
Referee: Alan Kelly

Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 Sporting Kansas City
Valdez Goal 88' Report
Attendance: 36,151
Referee: Ismail Elfath

Conference Semifinals[edit]


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Toronto FC 7–0 New York City FC 2–0 5–0
Montreal Impact 3–1 New York Red Bulls 1–0 2–1
Western Conference
LA Galaxy 1–1 (1–3 p) Colorado Rapids 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Seattle Sounders FC 4–2 FC Dallas 3–0 1–2


Toronto FC 2–0 New York City FC
Altidore Goal 84'
Ricketts Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 28,220
New York City FC 0–5 Toronto FC
Report Giovinco Goal 6'20' (pen.)90+1'
Altidore Goal 30'
Osorio Goal 50'

Toronto FC won 7–0 on aggregate.

Montreal Impact 1–0 New York Red Bulls
Mancosu Goal 61' Report
Attendance: 15,027
Referee: Robert Sibiga
New York Red Bulls 1–2 Montreal Impact
Wright-Phillips Goal 77' Report Piatti Goal 51'85'

Montreal Impact won 3–1 on aggregate.

LA Galaxy 1–0 Colorado Rapids
Dos Santos Goal 55' Report
Attendance: 24,487
Referee: Drew Fischer

1–1 on aggregate. Colorado Rapids won 3–1 on penalties.

Seattle Sounders FC 3–0 FC Dallas
Valdez Goal 50'
Lodeiro Goal 55'58'
FC Dallas 2–1 Seattle Sounders FC
Akindele Goal 25'
Urruti Goal 56'
Report Lodeiro Goal 54'
Attendance: 14,878

Seattle Sounders FC won 4–2 on aggregate.

Conference Finals[edit]


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Montreal Impact 5–7 Toronto FC 3–2 2–5 (a.e.t.)
Western Conference
Seattle Sounders FC 3–1 Colorado Rapids 2–1 1–0


Montreal Impact 3–2 Toronto FC
Oduro Goal 10'
Mancosu Goal 12'
Oyongo Goal 53'
Report Altidore Goal 68'
Bradley Goal 73'
Attendance: 61,004
Referee: Juan Guzman
Toronto FC 5–2 (a.e.t.) Montreal Impact
Cooper Goal 37'
Altidore Goal 45'
Hagglund Goal 68'
Cheyrou Goal 98'
Ricketts Goal 100'
Report Oduro Goal 24'
Piatti Goal 53'
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Jair Marrufo

Toronto FC won 7–5 on aggregate.

Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 Colorado Rapids
Morris Goal 19'
Lodeiro Goal 61' (pen.)
Report Doyle Goal 13'
Colorado Rapids 0–1 Seattle Sounders FC
Report Morris Goal 56'

Seattle Sounders FC won 3–1 on aggregate.

MLS Cup[edit]

Toronto FC 0–0 (a.e.t.) Seattle Sounders FC
Attendance: 36,045
Referee: Alan Kelly

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[3]
1 United States Jozy Altidore Toronto FC 5
2 Italy Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC 4
Uruguay Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
Italy Matteo Mancosu Montreal Impact
Argentina Ignacio Piatti Montreal Impact
6 Ghana Emmanuel Boateng LA Galaxy 2
United States Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
Ghana Dominic Oduro Montreal Impact
Canada Jonathan Osorio Toronto FC
Canada Tosaint Ricketts Toronto FC
Paraguay Nelson Valdez Seattle Sounders