MLS Cup Playoffs 2015: Dates, Schedule, Odds, Bracket and Live Stream Info

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2015

Oct 25, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; The New York Red Bulls react after the game at Toyota Park. New York Red Bulls defeat the Chicago Fire 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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The MLS Cup playoffs schedule was set on Sunday, as New York Red Bulls won the 2015 Supporters' Shield to end the regular season.

New York pipped FC Dallas on goal difference to claim the top seeding and home-field advantage for the playoffs.

It is New York's second Supporters' Shield triumph in the last three seasons, and they are favourites to take the 2015 MLS Cup as well.

Read on for full scheduling information ahead of the playoffs, along with odds and live streaming information.

The full bracket is provided by MLS:

Major League Soccer @MLS

The Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs field is set. Match ups and more: https://t.co/B5GsTMubKe https://t.co/fMkETMnBow

The knockout round takes place this week, with eight teams aiming to join Dallas, New York, Vancouver Whitecaps and Columbus Crew SC in the semi-finals.

Here is the full schedule for this week's matches:

2015 MLS Cup: Knockout Round Fixtures
ConferenceDateTime (ET/GMT)Fixture (seedings in brackets)TV Info (US/UK)
EasternOct. 287:30 p.m./11:30 p.m.DC United (4) vs. New England Revolution (5)UniMas/Sky Sports 2
WesternOct. 2810 p.m./2 a.m.Seattle Sounders (4) vs LA Galaxy (5)UniMas/Sky Sports 2
EasternOct. 297 p.m./11 p.m.Montreal Impact (3) vs. Toronto FC (6)UniMas/Sky Sports 2
WesternOct. 2910 p.m./2 a.m.Portland Timbers (3) vs. Sporting KC (6)UniMas/Sky Sports 2

Live stream available in the UK via Sky Go.

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Defending champions LA Galaxy face a tough test on Wednesday against Seattle Sounders, a repeat of last year's Western Conference final.

Galaxy are among the favourites to prevail once more in the MLS Cup, but they will have to do it the hard way as Seattle will be a tough team to get past in the preliminary knockout round.

Here are the latest odds for the MLS Cup 2015 winner:

2015 MLS Cup: Odds
New York Red Bulls4-1
FC Dallas5-1
LA Galaxy8-1
Columbus Crew8-1
Vancouver Whitecaps8-1
Seattle Sounders10-1
DC United12-1
Portland Timbers12-1
Montreal Impact14-1
Sporting Kansas City16-1
Toronto FC16-1
New England Revolution16-1

Montreal Impact and Toronto face each other mere days after they went head-to-head on the last weekend of the regular season.

Sunday's clash between the two Canadian outfits saw Montreal prevail 2-1 thanks to a double from Didier Drogba.

The former Chelsea man could be vital for the Impact in the playoffs, as he has huge experience of high-pressure knockout games from his time at Stamford Bridge.

However, Toronto boast the most deadly forward in MLS in the shape of Sebastian Giovinco, per ESPN's Paul Carr:

Paul Carr @PaulCarrTM

Sebastian Giovinco is the first player to lead @MLS in goals and assists in the same season.

The MLS Cup playoffs invariably provide thrilling drama and surprises, and none of the remaining teams will take anything for granted as they aim to seal a place in the MLS Cup final on December 6.

New York may have sealed the Supporters' Shield, but as they found out in 2013, that is far from a guarantee of Cup glory.

The quality is immense, and there should be some thrilling matches, undoubtedly starting this week with the knockout-round clashes.

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