The international break has come and gone, meaning the revamped MLS Cup playoffs are about to kick off. A 14-team field, single elimination all the way to MLS Cup, no more international breaks interrupting the postseason in its most dramatic moments -- the 2019 playoffs have a fresh, vibrant feel. With that buzz firmly established, we break down each of the six Round 1 matchups, which start Saturday.
Youness Mokhtar and Pedro Santos scored second-half goals four minutes apart, and Eloy Room had three saves to lead the host Columbus Crew to a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday afternoon.
The loss dropped the Union (16-10-7, 55 points) into third place in the Eastern Conference heading into the final week of MLS action.
Philadelphia, which hosts first-place New York City FC in its finale, is tied in points with second-place Atlanta United (17-12-4), which owns the tiebreaker. The...