Sporting Kansas City’s home match against Minnesota United FC in the MLS Cup Playoffs has been rescheduled for Thursday.
The game will be televised nationally on FOX, Major League Soccer announced Monday.
The Western Conference semifinal at Children’s Mercy Park, originally slated for Wednesday, will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday with live coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FOX, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app.
This scheduling shift was not a result of COVID-19. The league said the change was made to reach a broader audience.
All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled match at Children’s Mercy Park will be honored on Thursday night.
MLS also has announced that the Western Conference final has been moved from Sunday to next Monday, Dec. 7, at a time to be determined with national coverage on FS1, FOX Deportes. The 25th MLS Cup remains set for Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. CT on FOX and UniMas/TUDN.
Thursday’s showdown will mark the first time Sporting and Minnesota have met in the playoffs. The Midwestern rivals have squared off 13 times across all competitions since Minnesota joined MLS in 2017, with Sporting owning a 7-4-2 record overall and a 6-0-0 mark at home. The Loons have been outscored 15-1 in their six previous visits to Children’s Mercy Park.
Top-seeded Sporting ended the regular season by going 6-1-1 down the stretch, claiming its fourth first-place conference finish since 2011, before ousting the San Jose Earthquakes in the first round. No. 4 seed Minnesota boasts a league-best nine-game unbeaten run after going 4-0-4 in its last eight regular season games and defeating the Colorado Rapids in the opening round. The Loons haven’t lost since Sept. 23.
2020 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule
All times Eastern.
Western Conference Semifinals (2 games)
(One single-elimination game, winners advance to Conference Final)
Tuesday, Dec. 1
- 9:30 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas (FS1/FOX Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports)
Thursday, Dec. 3
- 8:00 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United (FOX/FOX Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports)
- Pregame show begins at 8 pm ET. Kickoff is 8:31 pm ET.
Eastern and Western Conference Final (2 games)
(One single-elimination game, winners advance to MLS Cup)
Sunday, Dec. 6
- 3:00 p.m. Columbus Crew SC vs. New England Revolution (ABC/ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports)
Monday, Dec. 7
- TBD (FS1/FOX Deportes, TSN, TVA Sports)
2020 MLS Cup (1 game)
(Eastern Conference Champion vs. Western Conference Champion One single-elimination game that will crown the 2020 MLS Cup Champion.)
Saturday, Dec. 12
- 8 p.m. (FOX, UniMás//TUDN, TSN, TVA Sports)
- Pregame show begins at 8 pm ET. Kickoff is 8:38 pm ET