MLS Playoffs 2011: Red Bulls Face FC Dallas

The New York Red Bulls had a forgettable regular season. Can they have a memorable post-season?

The New York Red Bulls will travel to face FC Dallas Wednesday (9 p.m. ET/FOX Soccer Channel) in a single-elimination Wild-Card match as the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs get underway. 

The Red Bulls' opponent was determined after the Houston Dynamo's 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday night, which pushed New York to the 10th overall seed. If the Red Bulls were to advance, they would face the top-seeded Galaxy in a home-and-home Conference Semifinal Series. The first leg would take place at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, Oct. 30 at a time to be determined (TV: ESPN or ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3).

The Red Bulls barely qualified for the playoffs after a disappointing regular season which began with New York expected to be a serious MLS Cup title contender. Can the Red Bulls make a memorable playoff run, easing the pain of their difficult regular season? We begin to find out on Wednesday.

2011 MLS Cup Playoff Schedule

Wild Card

FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls - Wed., Oct. 26, 9 p.m. ET (FOX Soccer, TSN2)
Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew - Thurs., Oct. 27, 10 p.m. ET (Altitude 2, ONN, TSN2)
Eastern Conference Semifinals

First Leg

FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City - Sat., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX Soccer, TSN) ... OR ...
Colorado Rapids / Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City - Sun., Oct. 30 7 p.m. ET (FOX Soccer, TSN2)
Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo - Sun., Oct. 30, time TBD, (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3)
Second Leg

Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas / Columbus Crew / Colorado Rapids - Wed., Nov. 2, time TBD (FOX Soccer)
Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union - Thurs., Nov 3, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2)
Western Conference Semifinals

First Leg

Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC - Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 p.m. ET (FOX Soccer, TSN2)
Colorado Rapids / Columbus Crew / New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy - Sun., Oct. 30, time TBD (ESPN or ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2)

Second Leg

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake - Wed., Nov. 2, time TBD (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2)
LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids / Columbus Crew / New York Red Bulls - Thurs., Nov. 3, 11 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2)

Conference Championships

Hosted by highest remaining seed - Sun., Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. ET (FOX Soccer)
Hosted by highest remaining seed - Sun., Nov. 6, time TBD (ESPN or ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3, TSN2)

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