GALAXY: Colorado, Columbus or N.Y. next

UPDATE (9 p.m.): The full schedule is in. Here it is:



New York at FC Dallas, 6 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)


Columbus at Colorado, 7 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick)


Galaxy vs. lower-seeded wild-card winner

First leg: Sunday, TBA (ESPN or ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes), at Colorado/Columbus/New York

Second leg: Thursday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m. (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes), at Home Depot Center (Carson)

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake

First leg: Saturday, 7 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel), 7 p.m., at Real Salt Lake

Second leg: Wednesday, Nov. 2, TBA (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes), at Seattle

Sporting Kansas City vs. higher-seeded wild-card winner

First leg: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel), at FC Dallas; or Sunday, 4 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel), at Colorado/Columbus

Second leg: Wednesday, Nov. 2, time TBA (Fox Soccer Channel) at Sporting

Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union

First leg: Sunday, time TBA, at Philadelphia (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)

Second leg: Thursday, Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m., at Houston (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)


Sunday, Nov. 6

2:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel) and TBA (ESPN or ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)

Note: Decision on which final will be played in which time slots will be made once the matchups are determined


Sunday, Nov. 20

At Home Depot Center (Carson), 6 p.m. (ESPN and Galavision)

The original story ...

HOUSTON -- The Galaxy knows its first-round playoff opponent. Sort of.

Houston's 3-1 victory Sunday night over L.A. completed Major League Soccer's playoff picture -- vaulting the Dynamo into second place in the Eastern Conference and out of a midweek wild-card game -- and positioned the Galaxy to open the postseason next weekend in Denver, Columbus or Harrison, N.J.

The Galaxy will play the lower-seeded survivor from the wild cards. If the New York Red Bulls, the bottom seeds among the quartet, beat FC Dallas on Wednesday night, they'll be the foe. If Dallas wins, the winner of Thursday's Colorado Rapids-Columbus Crew clash is up next.

Dallas is the top wild-card seed, followed by Colorado and Columbus. The higher-seeded survivor opens against Eastern Conference champion Sporting Kansas City.

L.A. will open the playoffs on the road, likely on Sunday, then play the second leg the following Wednesday or Thursday at Home Depot Center.

The league was working on dates and times for the postseason games Sunday night, and its television partners are weighing in on the decisions.

Only two first-round games had been scheduled as of mid-evening Sunday. Seattle and Real Salt Lake will play Saturday in Sandy, Utah, and Houston will visit Philadelphia on Sunday.

The Galaxy must prepare for all three potential opponents knowing they might not know who they're facing until Thursday night. If that's an added challenge, coach Bruce Arena wouldn't say so.

“We've seen everybody, we know everybody,” he said after Sunday's defeat at Robertson Stadium. “How about the team that plays Thursday night [in the wild-card game]? It's the same for everybody.

“We know all three teams, certainly. You've just got to be ready to go. The challenge is to have your team ready, regardless of who you're playing, and that's what we'll do during the week.”

Here's how the postseason race played out:

In the playoffs:

1. W1-Galaxy 64 points

2. W2-Seattle 63

3. W3-Real Salt Lake 53

4. WC1-FC Dallas 52

5. E1-Sporting Kansas City 51

6. WC2-Colorado 49

7. E2-Houston 49

8. E3-Philadelphia 48

9. WC3-Columbus 47

10. WC4-New York 46


11. Portland 42

12. Chicago 43

13. D.C. United 39

14. San Jose 38

15. Chivas USA 36

16. Toronto FC 33

17. Vancouver 29

18. New England 28

W -- Western Conference; E -- Eastern Conference; WC -- Wild card