When Sunday’s slate of MLS games concluded, the 2015 MLS playoff bracket was set as 12 teams played 34 games and moved onto the sport’s second season. The Supporters’ Shield, which is given to the team with the best record, was awarded to the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference with a final record of 18-6-10.
The playoff field contains 12 teams—six from the Eastern Conference and six from the Western Conference—and with information provided by secondary market ticket aggregator TiqIQ.com, below we’ll analyze the ticket market for the first week of the Eastern side of the bracket.
Wednesday, October 28th: (4) D.C. United vs. (5) New England Revolution | RFK Stadium | Average Price: $35 | Get-in Price: $18
Thursday, October 29th: (3) Montreal Impact vs. (6) Toronto FC | Stade Saputo | Average Price: $65.75 | Get-in Price: $43
There are two one-game playoffs between the No. 4 seeded D.C. United and the No. 5 seeded New England Revolution at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night. These two teams were separated by only one point during the regular season and may propose the most even matchup of any playoff series. United scored 43 goals compared to the Revolution’s 48, while United allowed 45 goals compared to the Revolution’s 47 goals allowed.
The two teams most recently played on September 21, when the Revolution won by a final score of 2-1. The Revolution are also coming into the match in better form as they won their final regular season match, while United hasn’t received a victory in its last three matches (one draw, two losses). D.C. United tickets on the secondary market have a low average price of only $35 with a get-in price of $18. With low ticket prices, fans outside the DMV area can find Washington D.C. flight deals on Hipmunk.com to get to the knockout round in person.
The second one-game playoff belongs to Didier Drogba’a Montreal Impact against Toronto FC. Aside from the Red Bulls at the top, the competition has been close throughout the entire regular season as demonstrated by the No. 3 seed and the No. 6 seed being separated by only two points. Although Montreal hasn’t been playing poorly (four wins in their last six matches), Toronto enters the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the MLS winning four straight. In this all Canadian affair, supporting fans can book Montreal hotels on Hipmunk starting from only $18 for those down for the road trip.
Toronto also has one of the brightest stars in the league, as Sebastian Giovinco was tied for the lead league in goals with 22 and led the MLS in assists with 16. Both matches should provide high drama as the New York Red Bulls await the lowest-seeded winner and the Columbus Crew takes on the other winner. The first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals will take place on Sunday, November 1st.