Adam Burksa and Tajon Buchanan struck within four minutes of each other in the first half to give the New England Revolution a lead they would not relinquish against No. 1-seeded Philadelphia Union. Philly had won nine straight matches, but was given an early exit in a stunning first-round upset.
After having three goals called back for offside and just missing several high-percentage chances, No. 7-seeded Nashville SC finally struck for a goal, chipped in by Daniel Armando Rios, in extra time. They held on to win 1-0 over No. 2-seeded Toronto FC in a shocking early upset in the MLS Playoffs.
Sporting Kansas City was cruising to a 3-2 win in the first round of the MLS Playoffs over the San Jose Earthquakes, but Chris Wondolowski's 97th-minute goal sent things to extra time. Sporting KC emerged victorious after winning in a penalty shootout.
In the 95th minute, Gustavo Bou scored the game-winning goal sending the New England Revolution past the Montreal Impact in the play-in round of the MLS CUP playoffs. Bou attempted six shots on goal before sinking the clutch score in stoppage time. Carlos Gil got the Revolution going in the 38th minute, notching his first goal since returning from injury and Romell Quioto leveled the game for the Impact in the 61st minute. The Revolution advanced in the playoffs for the first time in six years.