2016 MLS Cup Playoffs

The 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs (branded as the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for sponsorship reasons) began on October 26, and ended on December 10 with MLS Cup 2016, the 21st league championship match for MLS.[1] This was the 21st version of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the tournament culminating the Major League Soccer regular season.

2016 MLS Cup Playoffs
CountryUnited States
Defending championsPortland Timbers
(did not qualify)
ChampionsSeattle Sounders FC (1st title)
Runners-upToronto FC
Matches played17
Goals scored50 (2.94 per match)
Attendance472,461 (27,792 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Jozy Altidore
(5 goals)

Twelve teams (the top 6 per conference) competed. The first round of each conference had the third-seeded team hosting the sixth seed while the fourth-seed hosted the fifth in a single match to determine who advanced to the Conference Semifinals. In the Conference Semifinals, the top seed played the lowest remaining seed while the second played the next-lowest. The winners advanced to the Conference Finals. Both the Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals were played as two-legged aggregate series. The winners advanced to the MLS Cup, a single match hosted by the participant with the better record.

Seattle Sounders FC defeated Toronto FC 5–4 on penalties to win their first ever MLS Cup. The game ended scoreless after extra time.

It was the first MLS Cup in league history that two expansion teams participated in the final.[2] It was also the first time in the league's history that a Canadian MLS team competed in the MLS Cup.

Conference standings

The top 6 teams from each conference advance to the MLS Cup playoffs. Green background denotes also qualified for 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.


Knockout Round  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup
October 27 – Washington, D.C.              
E4  D.C. United  2
E5  Montreal Impact  1  2  3
E5  Montreal Impact  4      
E1  New York Red Bulls  0  1  1  
Eastern Conference
October 26 – Toronto, Ontario E5  Montreal Impact  3  2  5
  E3  Toronto FC (a.e.t.)  2  5  7  
E3  Toronto FC  3
E3  Toronto FC  2  5  7
E6  Philadelphia Union  1   December 10 – Toronto, Ontario
E2  New York City FC  0  0  0  
October 27 – Seattle, Washington E3  Toronto FC  0 (4)
  W4  Seattle Sounders FC (p)  0 (5)
W4  Seattle Sounders FC  1
W4  Seattle Sounders FC  3  1  4
W5  Sporting Kansas City  0      
W1  FC Dallas  0  2  2  
Western Conference
October 26 – Carson, California W4  Seattle Sounders FC  2  1  3
  W2  Colorado Rapids  1  0  1  
W3  LA Galaxy  3
W3  LA Galaxy  1  0  1 (1)
W6  Real Salt Lake  1  
W2  Colorado Rapids (p)  0  1  1 (3)  

Knockout Round


Team 1  Score  Team 2
Eastern Conference
Toronto FC 3–1 Philadelphia Union
D.C. United 2–4 Montreal Impact
Western Conference
LA Galaxy 3–1 Real Salt Lake
Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 Sporting Kansas City


Toronto FC3–1Philadelphia Union
Giovinco  15'
Osorio  48'
Altidore  85'
Report Bedoya  73'
Attendance: 21,759

D.C. United2–4Montreal Impact
Neagle  90'
Kemp  90+4'
Report Ciman  4'
Mancosu  43', 58'
Piatti  83'
Attendance: 12,773
Referee: Jair Marrufo

LA Galaxy3–1Real Salt Lake
Gordon  14'
Boateng  26', 34'
Report Plata  21' (pen.)
Attendance: 18,124
Referee: Alan Kelly

Seattle Sounders FC1–0Sporting Kansas City
Valdez  88' Report
Attendance: 36,151
Referee: Ismail Elfath

Conference Semifinals


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Toronto FC 7–0 New York City FC 2–0 5–0
Montreal Impact 3–1 New York Red Bulls 1–0 2–1
Western Conference
LA Galaxy 1–1 (1–3 p) Colorado Rapids 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Seattle Sounders FC 4–2 FC Dallas 3–0 1–2


Toronto FC2–0New York City FC
Altidore  84'
Ricketts  90+2'
Attendance: 28,220
New York City FC0–5Toronto FC
Report Giovinco  6', 20' (pen.), 90+1'
Altidore  30'
Osorio  50'

Toronto FC won 7–0 on aggregate.

Montreal Impact1–0New York Red Bulls
Mancosu  61' Report
Attendance: 15,027
Referee: Robert Sibiga
New York Red Bulls1–2Montreal Impact
Wright-Phillips  77' Report Piatti  51', 85'

Montreal Impact won 3–1 on aggregate.

LA Galaxy1–0Colorado Rapids
Dos Santos  55' Report

1–1 on aggregate. Colorado Rapids won 3–1 on penalties.

Seattle Sounders FC3–0FC Dallas
Valdez  50'
Lodeiro  55', 58'
FC Dallas2–1Seattle Sounders FC
Akindele  25'
Urruti  56'
Report Lodeiro  54'
Attendance: 14,878

Seattle Sounders FC won 4–2 on aggregate.

Conference Finals


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Montreal Impact 5–7 Toronto FC 3–2 2–5 (a.e.t.)
Western Conference
Seattle Sounders FC 3–1 Colorado Rapids 2–1 1–0


Montreal Impact3–2Toronto FC
Oduro  10'
Mancosu  12'
Oyongo  53'
Report Altidore  68'
Bradley  73'
Attendance: 61,004
Referee: Juan Guzman
Toronto FC5–2 (a.e.t.)Montreal Impact
Cooper  37'
Altidore  45'
Hagglund  68'
Cheyrou  98'
Ricketts  100'
Report Oduro  24'
Piatti  53'
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Jair Marrufo

Toronto FC won 7–5 on aggregate.

Seattle Sounders FC2–1Colorado Rapids
Morris  19'
Lodeiro  61' (pen.)
Report Doyle  13'
Colorado Rapids0–1Seattle Sounders FC
Report Morris  56'

Seattle Sounders FC won 3–1 on aggregate.


Top goalscorers

Rank Player Club Goals[3]
1 Jozy Altidore Toronto FC 5
2 Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC 4
Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders FC
Matteo Mancosu Montreal Impact
Ignacio Piatti Montreal Impact
6 Emmanuel Boateng LA Galaxy 2
Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders FC
Dominic Oduro Montreal Impact
Jonathan Osorio Toronto FC
Tosaint Ricketts Toronto FC
Nelson Valdez Seattle Sounders FC


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