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2021 MLS Cup playoffs: Who's in, fixtures, results, final date and key info

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Damir Kreilach sends Real Salt Lake to the playoffs with late goal (1:00)

Damir Kreilach comes up clutch in the final moments of the game as he nets a dramatic goal to seal a 1-0 lead for Real Salt Lake over Sporting KC to send them to the playoffs. (1:00)

Seven months after the 2021 Major League Soccer regular season began, it's over, and there's a new campaign to enjoy: the MLS Cup playoffs. After the most exciting Decision Day in the league's history, and the New England Revolution lifting their first ever MLS silverware in the form of the Supporters' Shield (and setting a league-record single-season points haul) the playoff field is set.

With the postseason kicking off on Nov. 20, ESPN breaks down the MLS Cup playoff bracket and details every match leading up to MLS Cup on Dec. 11 airing on ABC.

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Postseason format

The top seven teams from each conference will qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs. The No. 1 seeds in both the Eastern and Western Conferences -- the New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids, respectively -- will receive a bye from Round 1 and move directly into the conference semifinals.

The remaining 12 teams, seeds two through seven in each conference, will face off in the single-elimination Round 1.

Information is subject to change. All times Eastern.

Round 1

Nov. 20:
East: 2. Philadelphia Union def. 1-0 7. New York Red Bulls
West: 3. Sporting Kansas City def. 3-1 6. Vancouver Whitecaps

Nov. 21:
East: 4. New York City FC def. 2-0 5. Atlanta United FC
West: 4. Portland Timbers def. 3-1 5. Minnesota United FC

Nov. 23:
East: 3. Nashville SC def. 2-1 6. Orlando City SC
West: 7. Real Salt Lake def. 0-0 (6-5 penalties) 2. Seattle Sounders FC

Conference semifinals

Nov. 25:
Colorado Rapids def. 1-0 Portland Timbers

Nov. 28:
Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake (3 p.m., stream live on ABC)
Philadelphia Union vs. Nashville SC (5:30 p.m., stream live on ESPN)

Nov. 30:
New England Revolution vs. New York City FC (7:30 p.m.)

Conference finals

Dec. 4:
TBD vs. TBD (TBC p.m.)

Dec. 5:
TBD vs. TBD (TBC p.m., stream live on ABC)

MLS Cup

Dec. 11
TBD vs. TBD (TBC p.m., stream live on ABC)