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Playoffs begin for LAFC week of Thanksgiving

But first, Decision Day.

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MLS announced the schedule for the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs on Friday, and now we know the timeline for when Los Angeles Football Club will kick off their postseason campaign.

The Western Conference slate will begin the week leading to Thanksgiving, with LAFC’s game coming either Saturday, Nov. 21, Sunday, Nov. 22 or Tuesday, Nov. 24. If LAFC advance, the next round would be the week of Nov. 29. The conference finals are scheduled for Dec. 6, and the MLS Cup final is scheduled for Dec. 12.

We’ve already learned this week that LAFC will play until mid-December, as the Concacaf Champions League will resume with the black-and-gold playing Dec. 15 or 16. So if they make it to the MLS Cup final, they’ll be in form for CCL, which would be a nice bonus.

It is as-yet unclear, but it looks likely that LAFC’s international call-ups this month will miss the opening playoff game. That means in particular Diego Rossi may not be available, but we will need to see how the timing works out and what the club says about the availability of any call-ups. In a single elimination format like the 2020 playoffs, there’s no room for error.

But first things first. We’ll likely find out LAFC’s schedule and opponent for the opening game of the playoffs Sunday night or Monday, after Sunday’s Decision Day game against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. And from there, we can see the road ahead for LAFC as they seek MLS Cup.

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