The Washington Times - October 28, 2012, 10:17AM

D.C. United on Saturday will play their first playoff game since 2007 at Red Bull Arena before concluding the two-game, total-goals series against New York the following Wednesday at RFK Stadium. Both matches will kick off at 8 p.m.

Should United advance, the two legs of the conference final will be Nov. 10 or 11 and Nov. 17 or 18. The MLS Cup will be Saturday, Dec. 1, hosted by the team with more regular-season points.

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As things stand, the San Jose Earthquakes are the only club in the Western Conference with a better record than United, though the Seattle Sounders also could pass D.C. in the pecking order with a win tonight over the Los Angeles Galaxy. (Update — Seattle lost 1-0, preserving United’s position. D.C. also now will clinch a CONCACAF Champions League spot if San Jose or Kansas City advances to the MLS Cup.)

Here are all the MLS playoff matchups:

KNOCKOUT ROUND

Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire (Wednesday, 9 p.m.)
Vancouver Whitecaps at Los Angeles Galaxy (Thursday, 10:30 p.m.)

CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL FIRST LEGS

Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders (Friday, 10:30 p.m.) 
D.C. United at New York Red Bulls (Saturday, 8 p.m.)
Sporting Kansas City at Chicago/Houston (Sunday, 3:30 p.m.)
San Jose Earthquakes at Los Angeles/Vancouver (Sunday, TBD)

CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL SECOND LEGS

New York Red Bulls at D.C. United (Nov. 7, 8 p.m.)
Chicago/Houston at Sporting Kansas City (Nov. 7, 9 p.m.)
Los Angeles/Vancouver at San Jose Earthquakes (Nov. 7, 11 p.m.)
Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake (Nov. 8, 9:30 p.m.)