The first team to two wins in the new Round 1 best-of-3 series advances to the conference semifinals, meaning New England is guaranteed to host Philadelphia on Nov. 8 for Game 2. If necessary, Game 3 is set for the 12th. november back at Subaru Park.
If a match of the best of the 3rd round is tied after normal playing time (90 minutes), a penalty shootout will determine the winner (no extra time). Big picture, teams are chasing spots in the MLS Cup presented by Audi on December 9th.