(East Los Angeles, CA)[From The Editor’s Desk]: Saludos muy cordiales a todos, y ahora vámanos— Cordial greetings to all and here we go LAFC and MLS Futból fans. The 2023 Major League Soccer post-season moves into a higher gear with the start of the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Tournament semifinal rounds made up of the League’s Top 8 qualifiers.
Right in the mix of all this much-awaited excitement and passion for our L.A. Football Club, is the fact that they are the defending MLS Champions. And despite this momentary pause in MLS action, the City will become quite enthusiastic with its public support of the team. LAFC fans should be aware of this situation, that as demonstrated in years past, will call for many promotional events to start very soon with the Club’s announcements of City & County-wide events to rally the fans. This will most likely be continued on through Thanksgiving week until it will be soon be match time in Seattle for the Semifinal against the #2 seeded Sounders.
When matches resume following the current FIFA international break, single-elimination returns and there’s extra-time/PKs (if needed). The four winners will then reach the Conference Finals on Dec. 2-3, building towards MLS Cup presented by Audi on Saturday, Dec. 9. As always, matches can be viewed via MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.
Here is the full breakdown of the two Semifinals brackets representing the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference qualifiers.-
In the Western Bracket #1, you will find this match-up, the #3 seed, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) taking on the #2 seed, Seattle Sounders (FC) on Sunday, 11/26 at Lumen Field. The match is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm | PT. To watch: Go to Apple TV – MLS Season Pass
In Western Bracket #2, the #4 seed Houston Dynamo FC will face #8 seed, Sporting KC on Sunday, 11/26 in Houston’s Shell Energy Stadium. This match gets underway at 4:00 pm | PT. To watch: Go to Apple TV – MLS Season Pass
In the Eastern Bracket #1 you will see #2 seed, Orlando City vs. the #3 seed, Columbus Crew, who begin their battle on Saturday, 11/25 in Orlando’s Exploria Stadium with the kick-off set for 2:30 pm | PT. To watch: Go to Apple TV – MLS Season Pass
In Eastern Bracket #2, you will find #1 seed, FC Cincinnati vs. #4 seed, Philadelphia Union kicking off at 5:00 pm | PT on 11/25 in TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, OH. To watch: Go to Apple TV – MLS Season Pass