2017 MLS Cup Playoffs
CountryUnited States
DatesOctober 25 – December 9
Defending championsSeattle Sounders FC
ChampionsToronto FC
(1st title)
Runners-upSeattle Sounders FC
Matches played17
Goals scored34 (2 per match)
Attendance453,781 (26,693 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)United States Clint Dempsey
(3 goals)

The 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs (branded as the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for sponsorship reasons) began on October 25, and ended on December 9 with MLS Cup 2017, the 22nd league championship match for MLS.[1] This is the 22nd version of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the tournament culminating the Major League Soccer regular season. Twelve teams, the top six of each conference, compete in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

The first round of each conference has the third-seeded team hosting the sixth seed while the fourth-seed hosts the fifth seed in a single match to determine who advances to the Conference Semifinals. In the Conference Semifinals, the top seed plays the lowest remaining seed while the second plays the next-lowest. The winners advance to the Conference Finals. Both the Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals are played as a two-legged aggregate series. The winners advance to the MLS Cup, a single match hosted by the participant with the better record.

Conference standings

The top six teams from each conference advance to the MLS Cup playoffs. Chicago and Portland won seeding tiebreakers over Atlanta and Seattle, respectively, based on total wins.


Knockout Round  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup
October 26 – Atlanta, Georgia              
E4  Atlanta United FC  0 (1)
E5  Columbus Crew  4  0  4
E5  Columbus Crew (p)  0 (3)      
E2  New York City FC  1  2  3  
Eastern Conference
October 25 – Bridgeview, Illinois E5  Columbus Crew  0  0  0
  E1  Toronto FC  0  1  1  
E3  Chicago Fire  0
E6  New York Red Bulls  1  1  2
E6  New York Red Bulls  4   December 9 – Toronto, Ontario
E1  Toronto FC (a)  2  0  2  
October 26 – Houston, Texas E1  Toronto FC  2
  W2  Seattle Sounders  0
W4  Houston Dynamo (a.e.t.)  1
W4  Houston Dynamo  0  2  2
W5  Sporting Kansas City  0      
W1  Portland Timbers  0  1  1  
Western Conference
October 25 – Vancouver, British Columbia W4  Houston Dynamo  0  0  0
  W2  Seattle Sounders FC  2  3  5  
W3  Vancouver Whitecaps FC  5
W3  Vancouver Whitecaps FC  0  0  0
W6  San Jose Earthquakes  0  
W2  Seattle Sounders FC  0  2  2  

Knockout Round


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Eastern Conference
Chicago Fire (E3) 0–4 New York Red Bulls (E6)
Atlanta United FC (E4) 0–0
(1–3 p)
Columbus Crew SC (E5)
Western Conference
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W3) 5–0 San Jose Earthquakes (W6)
Houston Dynamo (W4) 1–0 (a.e.t.) Sporting Kansas City (W5)


Chicago Fire0–4New York Red Bulls
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 11,647
Referee: Ismail Elfath

Atlanta United FC0–0 (a.e.t.)Columbus Crew SC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC5–0San Jose Earthquakes
BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia
Attendance: 21,083
Referee: José Carlos Rivero

Houston Dynamo1–0 (a.e.t.)Sporting Kansas City

Conference Semifinals


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
New York Red Bulls (E6) 2–2 (a) Toronto FC (E1) 1–2 1–0
Columbus Crew SC (E5) 4–3 New York City FC (E2) 4–1 0–2
Western Conference
Houston Dynamo (W4) 2–1 Portland Timbers (W1) 0–0 2–1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W3) 0–2 Seattle Sounders FC (W2) 0–0 0–2


New York Red Bulls1–2Toronto FC
Toronto FC0–1New York Red Bulls
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 29,974
Referee: Chris Penso

2–2 on aggregate. Toronto FC won on away goals.

Columbus Crew SC4–1New York City FC
MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,416
Referee: Alan Kelly
New York City FC2–0Columbus Crew SC

Columbus Crew won 4–3 on aggregate.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC0–0Seattle Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders FC2–0Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Seattle Sounders FC won 2–0 on aggregate.

Houston Dynamo0–0Portland Timbers
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 15,169
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Portland Timbers1–2Houston Dynamo
Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 21,144
Referee: Ismail Elfath

Houston Dynamo won 2–1 on aggregate.

Conference Finals


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Columbus Crew SC (E5) 0–1 Toronto FC (E1) 0–0 0–1
Western Conference
Houston Dynamo (W4) 0–5 Seattle Sounders FC (W2) 0–2 0–3


Columbus Crew SC0–0Toronto FC
MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 21,289
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Toronto FC1–0Columbus Crew SC
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 30,392
Referee: Jair Marrufo

Toronto FC won 1–0 on aggregate.

Houston Dynamo0–2Seattle Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders FC3–0Houston Dynamo

Seattle Sounders FC won 5–0 on aggregate.


Main article: MLS Cup 2017

Toronto FC2–0Seattle Sounders FC
BMO Field, Toronto, Canada
Attendance: 30,584
Referee: Allen Chapman (United States)


Rank Player Club Goals
1 United States Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders FC 3
2 United States Jozy Altidore Toronto FC 2
United States Will Bruin Seattle Sounders FC
Uruguay Nicolás Mezquida Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Austria Daniel Royer New York Red Bulls
Spain Víctor Vázquez Toronto FC
Spain David Villa New York City FC
England Bradley Wright-Phillips New York Red Bulls
9 Ghana Harrison Afful Columbus Crew SC 1
Brazil Artur Columbus Crew SC
Honduras Alberth Elis Houston Dynamo
Italy Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
Norway Ola Kamara Columbus Crew SC
United States Sacha Kljestan New York Red Bulls
Iraq Justin Meram Columbus Crew SC
Colombia Fredy Montero Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Spain Víctor Rodríguez Seattle Sounders FC
Slovenia Andraž Struna New York City FC
Sweden Gustav Svensson Seattle Sounders FC
Uruguay Cristian Techera Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Argentina Gonzalo Verón New York Red Bulls
Costa Rica Kendall Waston Vancouver Whitecaps FC



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