2017 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2017 MLS Cup Playoffs
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CountryUnited States
Canada
Teams12
Defending champions Seattle Sounders FC
Champions Toronto FC (1st title)
Runners-up Seattle Sounders FC
Semi-finalists
Matches played17
Goals scored34 (2 per match)
Attendance453,781 (26,693 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Flag of the United States.svg Clint Dempsey
(3 goals)
2016
2018

The 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs (branded as the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for sponsorship reasons) began on October 25, and ended on December 9 with MLS Cup 2017, the 22nd league championship match for MLS. [1] This is the 22nd version of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the tournament culminating the Major League Soccer regular season. Twelve teams, the top six of each conference, compete in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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MLS Cup 2017 was the 22nd edition of the MLS Cup, the championship of Major League Soccer (MLS), contested between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC on December 9, 2017. The match was hosted at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada, for the second consecutive year and third time overall. Both teams made their second appearance in the MLS Cup, in a rematch of the 2016 edition.

MLS Cup Playoffs Annual postseason tournament of Major League Soccer

The MLS Cup Playoffs is the annual postseason elimination tournament of Major League Soccer. The final match of the tournament is the MLS Cup, the league's championship game. Under the current format adopted for the 2019 season, 14 teams qualify for the tournament based on regular-season point totals—the seven highest-placed teams from both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference. Audi is the title sponsor of this tournament.

Contents

The first round of each conference has the third-seeded team hosting the sixth seed while the fourth-seed hosts the fifth seed in a single match to determine who advances to the Conference Semifinals. In the Conference Semifinals, the top seed plays the lowest remaining seed while the second plays the next-lowest. The winners advance to the Conference Finals. Both the Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals are played as a two-legged aggregate series. The winners advance to the MLS Cup, a single match hosted by the participant with the better record.

Conference standings

The top six teams from each conference advance to the MLS Cup playoffs. Chicago and Portland won seeding tiebreakers over Atlanta and Seattle, respectively, based on total wins.

Bracket

                      
Knockout Round   Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup
October 26 – Atlanta, Georgia        
E4  Atlanta United FC  0 (1)
E5  Columbus Crew  4 0 4
E5  Columbus Crew (p ) 0 (3)   
E2  New York City FC  1 2 3 
Eastern Conference
October 25 – Bridgeview, Illinois E5  Columbus Crew  0 0 0
 
 E1  Toronto FC  0 1 1 
E3  Chicago Fire  0
E6  New York Red Bulls  1 1 2
E6  New York Red Bulls  4 December 9 – Toronto, Ontario
E1  Toronto FC (a) 2 0 2 
 
October 26 – Houston, Texas E1  Toronto FC  2
 
 W2  Seattle Sounders  0
W4  Houston Dynamo (a.e.t.) 1
W4  Houston Dynamo  0 2 2
W5  Sporting Kansas City  0   
W1  Portland Timbers  0 1 1 
Western Conference
October 25 – Vancouver, British Columbia W4  Houston Dynamo  0 0 0
 
 W2  Seattle Sounders FC  2 3 5 
W3  Vancouver Whitecaps FC  5
W3  Vancouver Whitecaps FC  0 0 0
W6  San Jose Earthquakes  0 
W2  Seattle Sounders FC  0 2 2 

Knockout Round

Summary

Team 1 Score Team 2
Eastern Conference
Chicago Fire (E3) 0–4 New York Red Bulls (E6)
Atlanta United FC (E4) 0–0
(1–3 p)
Columbus Crew SC (E5)
Western Conference
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W3) 5–0 San Jose Earthquakes (W6)
Houston Dynamo (W4) 1–0 (a.e.t.) Sporting Kansas City (W5)

Matches

Chicago Fire 0–4 New York Red Bulls
Report
Bradley Wright-Phillips English footballer

Bradley Edward Wright-Phillips is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls.

Sacha Kljestan association football player

Sacha Bryan Kljestan is an American soccer player who currently plays as a midfielder for Orlando City in Major League Soccer and the United States men's national soccer team.

Daniel Royer Austrian association football player

Daniel Royer is an Austrian footballer who plays for New York Red Bulls as a winger. He signed with the club after transferring from FC Midtjylland.

Toyota Park , Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 11,647
Referee: Ismail Elfath


Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5–0 San Jose Earthquakes
Fredy Montero Colombian footballer

Fredy Henkyer Montero Muñoz, known as Fredy Montero (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾeði monˈteɾo], is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Montero is Seattle Sounders FC's all-time top scorer in official club competitions, scoring 64 goals with the club between 2009 and 2012. Montero has been called up to the Colombian national team five times, scoring once in an unofficial match against Catalonia.

Cristian Techera Uruguayan footballer

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Kendall Waston Costa Rican footballer

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Report
BC Place , Vancouver, British Columbia
Attendance: 21,083
Referee: José Carlos Rivero

Houston Dynamo 1–0 (a.e.t.) Sporting Kansas City
Report
BBVA Compass Stadium , Houston, Texas
Attendance: 14,126
Referee: Mark Geiger

Conference Semifinals

Summary

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Eastern Conference
New York Red Bulls (E6)2–2 (a) Toronto FC (E1) 1–2 1–0
Columbus Crew SC (E5)4–3 New York City FC (E2) 4–1 0–2
Western Conference
Houston Dynamo (W4)2–1 Portland Timbers (W1) 0–0 2–1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W3)0–2 Seattle Sounders FC (W2) 0–0 0–2

Matches

New York Red Bulls 1–2 Toronto FC
Report
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
Attendance: 18,107
Referee: Drew Fischer
Toronto FC 0–1 New York Red Bulls
Report
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 29,974
Referee: Chris Penso

2–2 on aggregate. Toronto FC won on away goals.


Columbus Crew SC 4–1 New York City FC
Report
MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,416
Referee: Alan Kelly
New York City FC 2–0 Columbus Crew SC
Report
Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York
Attendance: 23,246
Referee: Kevin Stott

Columbus Crew won 4–3 on aggregate.


Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0–0 Seattle Sounders FC
Report
BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia
Attendance: 27,837
Referee: Kevin Stott
Seattle Sounders FC 2–0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Report

Seattle Sounders FC won 2–0 on aggregate.


Houston Dynamo 0–0 Portland Timbers
Report
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 15,169
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Portland Timbers 1–2 Houston Dynamo
Report
Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 21,144
Referee: Ismail Elfath

Houston Dynamo won 2–1 on aggregate.

Conference Finals

Summary

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Columbus Crew SC (E5)0–1 Toronto FC (E1) 0–0 0–1
Western Conference
Houston Dynamo (W4)0–5 Seattle Sounders FC (W2) 0–2 0–3

Matches

Columbus Crew SC 0–0 Toronto FC
Report
MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 21,289
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Toronto FC 1–0 Columbus Crew SC
Report
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 30,392
Referee: Jair Marrufo

Toronto FC won 1–0 on aggregate.


Houston Dynamo 0–2 Seattle Sounders FC
Report
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 22,661
Referee: Chris Penso
Seattle Sounders FC 3–0 Houston Dynamo
Report

Seattle Sounders FC won 5–0 on aggregate.

MLS Cup

Toronto FC 2–0 Seattle Sounders FC
Report
BMO Field , Toronto, Canada
Attendance: 30,584
Referee: Allen Chapman (United States)

Goalscorers

RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of the United States.svg Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders FC 3
2 Flag of the United States.svg Jozy Altidore Toronto FC 2
Flag of the United States.svg Will Bruin Seattle Sounders FC
Flag of Uruguay.svg Nicolás Mezquida Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Flag of Austria.svg Daniel Royer New York Red Bulls
Flag of Spain.svg Víctor Vázquez Toronto FC
Flag of Spain.svg David Villa New York City FC
Flag of England.svg Bradley Wright-Phillips New York Red Bulls
9 Flag of Ghana.svg Harrison Afful Columbus Crew SC 1
Flag of Brazil.svg Artur Columbus Crew SC
Flag of Honduras.svg Alberth Elis Houston Dynamo
Flag of Italy.svg Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
Flag of Norway.svg Ola Kamara Columbus Crew SC
Flag of the United States.svg Sacha Kljestan New York Red Bulls
Flag of Iraq.svg Justin Meram Columbus Crew SC
Flag of Colombia.svg Fredy Montero Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Flag of Spain.svg Víctor Rodríguez Seattle Sounders FC
Flag of Slovenia.svg Andraž Struna New York City FC
Flag of Sweden.svg Gustav Svensson Seattle Sounders FC
Flag of Uruguay.svg Cristian Techera Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Flag of Argentina.svg Gonzalo Verón New York Red Bulls
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Kendall Waston Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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