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MLS Cup Playoffs Match Thread: Conference Finals First Leg [5:00]

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MLS: Toronto FC at Montreal Impact Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The offseason has been going on forever here in Portland, but elsewhere Major League Soccer continues on and the conference finals kick off tonight.

The Eastern Conference is all Canadian as Toronto FC face off against the Montreal Impact in one of MLS’s better rivalries, while back in the Western Conference fans are given the dire choice of the Colorado Rapids’ brutal pragmatism versus the quite possibly literal deal with he devil that the Seattle Sounders made to turn around their season. Both matches will feature clashing styles of play as they determine which two sides will make it to the MLS Cup Final, and both should provide plenty of spectacle for any fan of MLS.

Toronto FC at Montreal Impact

Watch it on: ESPN

Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. PT at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada

Toronto FC: Beat New York City FC 7-0 on aggregate in the conference semifinals, bye in the knockout round

Montreal Impact: Beat New York Red Bulls 3-1 on aggregate in conference semifinals, beat D.C. United 4-2 in the knockout round

Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders

Watch it on: FOX Sports 1

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PT at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA

Colorado Rapids: Beat LA Galaxy in penalties after finishing 1-1 on aggregate in the conference semifinals, bye in the knockout round

Seattle Sounders: Beat FC Dallas 4-2 on aggregate in the conference semifinals, beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in the knockout round