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MLS: Conference Semifinal Playoff Dates and Times
September 30th, 1999 12AM
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MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced today the dates, times and partial television schedule for the 1999 MLS Conference Semifinals. The MLS Conference Semifinals consist of a best-of-three series, with the top-seeded team owning home-field advantage and hosting games one and three (if necessary). With seven-points separating the West's first-place Los Angeles Galaxy (19-11, 51 points) and fourth-place defending MLS Cup Champion Chicago Fire (16-14, 44 points), the race for home-field advantage could go down to the wire with Los Angeles (2), the Colorado Rapids (3), the Dallas Burn (2) and Chicago (2) averaging slightly more than two games each in their remaining regular-season schedule. The battle for the fourth and final Eastern Conference Playoff berth between the Miami Fusion (11-19, 23 points) and the New England Revolution (10-20, 22 points) could be decided this weekend. Should Miami defeat the second-place Columbus Crew in regulation on Sunday, October 3 at Lockhart Stadium (1:00 p.m. ET, Univision), and the Revs fall to the MetroStars on Saturday, October 2, the second-year Fusion will earn its second appearance in the MLS postseason. D.C. United (23-7, 57 points) clinched its third consecutive Eastern Conference season title while the Columbus Crew (19-11, 45 points) has sewn up second place and the Tampa Bay Mutiny (13-17, 29 points) has locked up the third position. The team seeded first in each conference will play the fourth-place team in the semifinal round and the second-seeded team will play the third-place club. The 1999 MLS Conference Semifinals schedule, as it currently stands:

Eastern Conference Semifinals

DateMatchupKickoff (ET)Television
GAME 1
October 16Miami/New England at D.C. United7:30 p.m.TBD
October 17Tampa Bay at Columbus3:00 p.m.ESPN2
GAME 2
October 22Columbus at Tampa Bay7:00 p.m.TBD
*October 23D.C. United at New England4:00 p.m.ESPN2
**October 24D.C. United at Miami1:00 p.m.Univision
GAME 3 (if necessary)
October 27Miami/New England at D.C. United7:30 p.m.ESPN
***Tampa Bay at Columbus7:30 p.m.ESPN
*If NE qualifies as the East #4 seed. **If MIA qualifies as the East #4 seed. ***If D.C. sweeps.

Western Conference Semifinals

DateMatchupKickoff (ET)Television
GAME 1*
October 14Los Angeles/Chicago/Dallas at Colorado9:00 p.m.TBD
October 15Los Angeles/Colorado/Dallas at Chicago8:30 p.m.TBD
October 16Los Angeles/Colorado/Chicago at Dallas5:00 p.m.TBD
October 17Chicago/Colorado/Dallas at Los Angeles7:30 p.m.TBD
GAME 2**
October 22Los Angeles/Chicago/Dallas at Colorado9:00 p.m.TBD
October 23Los Angeles/Colorado/Dallas at Chicago4:00 p.m.ESPN2
October 24Los Angeles/Colorado/Chicago at Dallas1:00 p.m.Univision
Chicago/Colorado/Dallas at Los Angeles7:30 p.m.TBD
GAME 3 -(if necessary)
October 27Chicago/Colorado/Dallas at Los Angeles10:30 p.m.TBD
Los Angeles/Colorado/Dallas at Chicago8:00 p.m.TBD (ESPN)***
Los Angeles/Chicago/Dallas at Colorado9:00 p.m.TBD (ESPN)***
Los Angeles/Colorado/Chicago at Dallas8:30 p.m.TBD (ESPN)***
*For Teams that capture #1 and #2 seeds. **For teams that capture #3 and #4 seeds. *** 9:00 p.m. ET broadcast on ESPN only if Eastern Conference teams sweep.


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