MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs Preview

MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs Preview
by Tom Hindle
June 22, 2022
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MF | Austin FC
MF | Portland Timbers
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F | San Jose
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F | Portland Timbers
F | Seattle Sounders

The MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs start this weekend as the nation’s best youth teams gather in Frisco, Texas. Over 100 squads will participate across four different age groups, with a single-elimination format used to crown a winner following seven months of intense league play.

Here’s a look into each age group, highlighting teams and players to watch over the course of the week-long tournament in Texas.

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