NYCFC clinched their First Round bye thanks to a second half blitz against Columbus Crew SC at Yankee Stadium.
With the scores level on the hour when Ola Kamara equalized, Toronto FC looked to be pipping Patrick Vieira’s side on the line but a trio of goals from Jack Harrison, Khiry Shelton and David Villa ensured that there would be no midweek Knockout Round action at Yankee Stadium.
Here’s everything you need to know about our upcoming Eastern Conference semi-finals…
Sunday 30 October is the date NYCFC will play their first-ever Postseason game, while the home leg of the semi-final will be on the following Sunday 6 November.
The first leg of our Eastern Conference semi-final takes place away from home, with the second leg being played at Yankee Stadium.
NYCFC are seeded #2 from the Eastern Conference, meaning we will face the top-seeded team to emerge from the Knockout Rounds. We will take on one of Toronto FC, DC United or Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. We cannot face Philadelphia Union.
If Dallas, Colorado, Red Bulls, Toronto or Montreal win the MLS Cup, NYCFC would qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.
Obviously, NYCFC would clinch a berth automatically if we were to win the MLS Cup ourselves.
Knockout Rounds (East)…
Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – Wednesday
DC United vs Montreal Impact – Thursday
David Villa: “I told the guys in the locker room before the game to remember the first day in Florida, with the runs in preseason and today play 90 minutes for the runs in Florida.
“The motivation today was easy and every player was amazing.”
Patrick Vieira: “Hard work made us qualify for the playoffs, of course when I look back to the team for our first game against Chicago we’ve improved. We have a clear philosophy on how we want to play the game.
“All credit to the players and staff – they worked really hard and we are where we are today.”