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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

When do the 2016 Major League Soccer playoffs start?

Timbers players hoist the MLS Cup trophy as they celebrate their victory.
Portland Timbers are the current MLS champions.

The 2016 Major League Soccer season will finish on Oct. 23, 2016. Twelve teams will advance to the playoffs, six from each conference. Click here for the latest standings.

Clubs that have clinched a playoff berth: FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls

LA Galaxy clinches playoff berth with:

- Win vs. Seattle Sounders on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Knockout Round

Oct. 26: Two games (times TBD) -- Match 1: ESPN2 & UniMas; Match 2: UniMas

Oct. 27: Two games (times TBD) - Match...

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MLS Cup playoff permutations: Who can clinch a postseason spot and how?'s Susannah Collins goes around the office to find out what teams are MLS Cup favorites.
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on the favourites to win the MLS Cup, Vincent Kompany's return to Man City and more.

With less than a month remaining in the MLS regular season, the playoff race is beginning to take shape. ESPN FC lays out the latest permutations ahead of this weekend's action.

Click here for the latest standings.

Clubs that have clinched a playoff berth: FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls

LA Galaxy clinches playoff berth with:

- Win vs. Seattle Sounders on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Keep up with the latest football updates by following ESPN FC on Twitter.

 By Nicolas Anil

Felda United coach Irfan Bakti quits with one game left in MSL season

ESPN FC's Stanley Bernard calls Nazirul Naim's inclusion in the Malaysian squad a blessing, as he and Jason Dasey break down the team.
ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss the five teams fighting to avoid relegation with just two games to go.
Felda coach Irfan Bakti
Irfan Bakti quit after Felda United drew 3-3 with Sarawak in the MSL on Saturday.

Coach Irfan Bakti has dropped a bombshell by quitting Felda United, despite an impressive Malaysia Super League (MSL) campaign where they pushed champions Johor Darul Ta'zim for much of the season.

Irfan announced his retirement right after Saturday night's 3-3 draw against Sarawak, citing a failure to win a trophy this season. Even so, Felda are guaranteed to finish second in the MSL.

"I wanted to win a trophy this year, and I failed in that mission. This decision was solely mine, which I announced...

 By PA Sport

Liverpool are a much more consistent team this season - James Milner

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp talks after his side's dominating 5-1 win against Hull City
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Craig Burley break down the latest from week 6 throughout the Premier League.

James Milner believes Liverpool are a different team this year as their momentum and consistency increase.

Saturday's 5-1 win over Hull was a fourth in six Premier League matches, with a 2-0 loss at Burnley the only defeat so far.

Last season, Liverpool often struggled against teams that set out to defend and Milner told the club's official website: "We knew we could improve against teams that sit back a bit more, but I'm seeing a different team this year.

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Nani on target and Diego Alves sets penalty record in Valencia victory

Nani and Valencia teammates celebrate the opening goal.

Former Manchester United winger Nani scored and goalkeeper Diego Alves set a new La Liga record for penalty saves as Valencia won 2-1 at Leganes on Sunday.

Alexander Szymanowski put the home side ahead in the 21st minute after Oscar Ramos set up the chance, but Nani scored his first Valencia goal to level 13 minutes later when play was allowed to continue after it appeared goalkeeper Jon Serantes had been fouled in the buildup.

Nani then crossed for Mario Suarez to score what turned out to be the...

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Arsene Wenger gave Arsenal players more freedom - Nigel Winterburn

Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his team after their 3-0 thrashing of Chelsea, saying the whole squad was near faultless.

Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn says that while Arsene Wenger banned alcohol and restricted players' diets upon his arrival at the club, his most effective change was giving the squad more freedom on the pitch.

Wenger will celebrate 20 years in charge of Arsenal on Oct. 1, and Winterburn was part of the Gunners squad when the Frenchman first arrived at the club in 1996.

Wenger is famed for making drastic changes to Arsenal players' diets following his appointment, but Winterburn believes...