2018 MLS Cup Playoffs
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2018 MLS Cup Playoffs

2018 MLS Cup Playoffs
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CountryUnited States
Defending championsToronto FC
(did not qualify)
ChampionsAtlanta United FC (1st title)
Runners-upPortland Timbers
Matches played17
Goals scored52 (3.06 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Venezuela Josef Martínez
Argentina Diego Valeri
(4 goals each)
2019 ->

The 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs (branded as the 2018 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for sponsorship reasons) began on October 31 and ended on December 8 with MLS Cup 2018, the 23rd league championship match for MLS. This was the 23rd version of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the tournament culminating the Major League Soccer regular season. Twelve teams, the top six of each conference, competed in the MLS Cup Playoffs.[1]

The first round of each conference had the third-seeded team hosting the sixth seed while the fourth-seed hosted the fifth seed 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 a two-legged aggregate series. The winners advanced to the MLS Cup, a single match hosted by the participant with the better regular season record which was played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.[2]

Toronto FC were the defending MLS Cup champions, but failed to qualify for the playoffs. Atlanta United FC won their first MLS Cup title.

Qualified teams

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Conference standings

The top six teams from each conference advanced to the MLS Cup playoffs.


Knockout Round  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup
10/31 - Bronx, New York              
E3  New York City FC  3
E3  New York City FC  0  1  1
E6  Philadelphia Union  1      
E2  Atlanta United FC  1  3  4  
Eastern Conference
11/1 - Washington, D.C. E2  Atlanta United FC  3  0  3
  E1  New York Red Bulls  0  1  1  
E4  D.C. United  2 (2)
E5  Columbus Crew  1  0  1
E5  Columbus Crew (p)  2 (3)   December 8 - Atlanta, Georgia
E1  New York Red Bulls  0  3  3  
10/31 - Frisco, Texas E2  Atlanta United FC  2
  W5  Portland Timbers  0
W4  FC Dallas  1
W5  Portland Timbers (p)  2  2  4 (4)
W5  Portland Timbers  2      
W2  Seattle Sounders FC  1  3  4 (2)  
Western Conference
11/1 - Los Angeles, California W5  Portland Timbers  0  3  3
  W1  Sporting Kansas City  0  2  2  
W3  Los Angeles FC  2
W6  Real Salt Lake  1  2  3
W6  Real Salt Lake  3  
W1  Sporting Kansas City  1  4  5  

Knockout Round


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Eastern Conference
New York City FC (E3) 3-1 Philadelphia Union (E6)
D.C. United (E4) 2-2
(2-3 p)
Columbus Crew SC (E5)
Western Conference
Los Angeles FC (W3) 2-3 Real Salt Lake (W6)
FC Dallas (W4) 1-2 Portland Timbers (W5)


Attendance: 10,297
Referee: Alan Kelly

Attendance: 15,153
Referee: Robert Sibiga

Conference Semifinals


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Columbus Crew SC (E5) 1-3 New York Red Bulls (E1) 1-0 0-3
New York City FC (E3) 1-4 Atlanta United FC (E2) 0-1 1-3
Western Conference
Real Salt Lake (W6) 3-5 Sporting Kansas City (W1) 1-1 2-4
Portland Timbers (W5) 4-4
(4-2 p)
Seattle Sounders FC (W2) 2-1 2-3 (a.e.t.)


Attendance: 12,892
Referee: Nima Saghafi

New York Red Bulls win 3-1 on aggregate.

Attendance: 19,198
Referee: Kevin Stott

Atlanta United win 4-1 on aggregate.

Attendance: 21,144
Referee: Ted Unkel
Tied 4-4 on aggregate. Portland Timbers win 4-2 on penalties.

Attendance: 19,918
Referee: José Carlos Rivero
Sporting Kansas City win 5-3 on aggregate.

Conference Finals


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Atlanta United FC (E2) 3-1 New York Red Bulls (E1) 3-0 0-1
Western Conference
Portland Timbers (W5) 3-2 Sporting Kansas City (W1) 0-0 3-2


Atlanta United win 3-1 on aggregate.

Attendance: 21,144
Referee: Robert Sibiga

Portland Timbers win 3-2 on aggregate.


Attendance: 73,019
Referee: Alan Kelly

Top goalscorers

MLS Cup Playoffs Best XI


  1. ^ "Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule revealed, final to be played on Dec. 8". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. September 8, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Baer, Benjamin (November 11, 2018). "Red Bull Arena or Mercedes-Benz Stadium to host 2018 MLS Cup". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Playoffs Top Scorers". Major League Soccer.
  4. ^ Boehm, Charles (December 11, 2018). "Team of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs: Who made the postseason Best XI?". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved 2018.

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