Six Bruins to Compete for 2020 MLS Cup
Six alumni of the UCLA men's soccer program are set to suit up for the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs, which begin on Friday and culminate with the championship match on Saturday, Dec. 12.
The six playoff-bound Bruins include Abu Danladi (Nashville SC), Jordan Harvey (LAFC), Ryan Hollingshead (FC Dallas), Brian Rowe (Orlando City SC), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), and Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes).
Danladi is in his fourth professional season, and first with Nashville after being selected in the 2019 Expansion Draft. The forward made 17 appearances this year, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist. Nashville, the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, will face No. 10 Inter Miami CF in a play-in match on Friday, Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m. PT (TV: ESPN2).
A veteran defender in his 16th MLS season, Harvey and No. 7-seeded LAFC will look to upset No. 2 Seattle in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. That matchup will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. PT (TV: ESPN). Harvey made 11 appearances, and eight starts, for LAFC in 2020.
Hollingshead, a defender with FC Dallas, had one of his strongest pro seasons this year, posting four goals and an assist in just 20 games (he scored a career-high six goals in 2019, but in 34 appearances). All four of his 2020 scores were game-winning goals, giving him the team high in GWGs. No. 6 FC Dallas faces No. 3 Portland on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 p.m. PT (TV: ESPN) in their first round matchup.
A nine-year MLS vet, Brian Rowe made four starts down the stretch in goal for Orlando City SC, helping his club earn points in three of those contests. No. 4 Orlando City SC will face No. 5 NYCFC in an Eastern Conference first round match on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9:00 a.m. PT (TV: UniMas, TUDN).
Also in his ninth professional season, Kelyn Rowe will look to help his No. 8 New England Revolution past No. 9 Montreal in an Eastern Conference play-in on Friday, Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m. PT (TV: FS1). That match represents the opening game of the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. Rowe made 16 appearances in the midfield this season for New England, including 10 starts.
The sixth overall pick in the 2017 MLS Draft, Yueill was once again a mainstay in the San Jose midfield, starting 21 games and recording one goal and one assist. The fourth-year pro and his club will take on top-ranked Sporting KC in their Western Conference opener on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 1:00 p.m. PT (TV: FS1).
Stay tuned to @UCLAMSoccer on Twitter for updates on Bruins in the MLS Playoffs.
Bruins in the Playoffs Play-In/First Round Schedule (all times PT)
Friday, Nov. 20 (Eastern Conference play-in games)
No. 8 New England Revolution (Kelyn Rowe) vs. No. 9 Montreal Impact – 3:30 PM on FS1
No. 7 Nashville SC (Abu Danladi) vs. No. 10 Inter Miami CF – 6:00 PM on ESPN2
Saturday, Nov. 21 (Eastern Conference Round One)
No. 4 Orlando City SC (Brian Rowe) vs. No. 5 NYCFC – 9:00 AM on UniMas, TUDN
Sunday, Nov. 22 (Western Conference Round One)
No. 8 San Jose Earthquakes (Jackson Yueill) vs. No. 1 Sporting KC – 1:00 PM on FS1
No. 6 FC Dallas (Ryan Hollingshead) vs. No. 3 Portland – 7:00 PM on ESPN
Tuesday, Nov. 24 (Western Conference Round One)
No. 7 LAFC (Jordan Harvey) vs. No. 2 Seattle – 7:30 PM on ESPN