Sporting Kansas City to play New England in Eastern Conference semifinals

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting KC will begin their campaign for the 2013 MLS Cup with a two-legged affair with the New England Revolution.

After the Chicago Fire failed to get the result Sporting Kansas City needed to win the Supporters Shield, the playoff bracket was set, matching up Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Sporting KC is the two seed in the Eastern Conference, meeting the third seeded Revolution. The first match will be at New England next weekend (exact dates and times are to be determined) and the second leg will be at Sporting Park on either November 6th or the 7th.

The New York Red Bulls picked up the one seed as well as the Supporters Shield. They'll have to wait to find out their opponent as they'll play the winner of the Montreal Impact and Houston Dynamo match. That play-in game will either be on Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

Sporting KC has had some good history with the Revolution this season. After a 0-0 draw back in March in Foxborough, Sporting exploded for three goals in a 3-0 win at Sporting Park. The Revolution closed out the season well, however, going unbeaten in their last six matches and winning four of those matches.

This is the first time the Revolution have made the playoffs since 2009, while this is Sporting KC's third straight year in the postseason.

On the other side of the bracket, the Western Conference is not fully set at time of writing. The teams, however, are known. Portland and Real Salt Lake are both set as the first and second seeds respectively, while the match between Seattle Sounders FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy will help set the rest of the conference. Colorado will either be the fourth or fifth seed.

We'll keep you updated on all playoff updates as the week goes on.

Update: With the result of the Seattle-Los Angeles draw, the Western Conference bracket is set. Seattle will host Colorado this week for the right to play against Portland in the semifinals. Real Salt Lake will play Los Angeles.

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