Semifinal Playoff Dates Set for RBNY

MLS CUP MATH

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The New York Red Bulls have their dates set for the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The team will host the second leg of the home and away fixture at Red Bull Arena on November 6th. They will be on the road for the first game on October 30th.

Who they will play remains to be seen. Currently the Red Bulls have all but secured to the top spot in the Eastern Conference, meaning they will play the lowest seeded winner in the Conference semifinals. Currently the Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact sit at the bottom of the playoff table. Should they advance in the knockout games, they would play the Red Bulls.

The 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs are continuing the similar format started last season, when six teams enter the tournament, awarding byes from the knockout round to the top two seeds. Away goals still remain a tie-breaker much like in European playoff formats. It is likely that Red Bull will have the home field advantage for the entirety of the Eastern Conference playoffs but could be on the road should they advance to MLS Cup and play Colorado or Dallas.

New York Red Bull Eastern Conference Semi Final Schedule:

New York Red Bulls @ TBD on 10/30 at TBD
TBD @ New York Red Bulls on 11/6 at TBD


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