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  1. ciscokid
    September 8, 2011

    When you consider that 4 of the 5 top teams in the west all have CCL games, it makes for a fascinating final 2 months as we watch Seattle, LA, Rapids and Dallas all juggle their rosters for what is essentially 2 games a week for the rest of the season, with some long travel thrown in.

    And IF RSL beats my Sounders this weekend, then it’s a 5 team scrum that may be the best Supporter’s Shield race in the history of MLS.

    Can hardly wait.

  2. ciscokid
    September 8, 2011

    And slightly off topic: how ridiculous is it that it’s virtually guaranteed that only 1 of the top 3 seeds overall can make the MLS Cup final. If it’s LA and they win SS, then the best available match up will be 1 v 4 (in single table terms).

    You shouldn’t have the overall 2 and 3 seed knocking each other out in the first round. Just dumb.

  3. Matt
    September 8, 2011

    Well, only one of the 2nd and 3rd seeds will get knocked out in the first round, but the winner will almost certainly have to play the 1st seed in the next round, so your point is still good.

  4. RB
    September 8, 2011

    The really ridiculous thing is how what you point out combines with the silly division into conferences. As things stand currently, at least 2 but most likely 3 of the 4 best teams in the league will necessarily be eliminated even without falling in any early upsets, while weaker teams from the East remain.

  5. Missoula
    September 8, 2011

    This is even more strange considering that each MLS team play each other an equal number of times (I think). This format makes sense in the NFL where you play your divisional opponents twice a year while not playing most other teams. However, when all teams are playing each an equal number of times, there is no justification for the conference distinction.

  6. RB
    September 8, 2011

    Exactly.

  7. Jason B
    September 8, 2011

    My MLS playoff plan:

    1) Top seven teams make the playoffs regardless of conference.

    2) Supporter’s Shield winner advances to semifinal round automatically.

    3) Quarterfinal matchups are seeds 4 v 5, 3 v 6, 2 v 7

    4) Quarterfinals and semifinals are 2 legged series, home and away, with away goals rule

    5) MLS Cup Final is a one off game played at a neutral site.

  8. RB
    September 8, 2011

    So explicitly single table, then? (You don’t keep conferences even for appearance’ sake?)

  9. Jason B
    September 9, 2011

    I should have added that. Yep, single table. Next year it could still be feasible to have a balanced schedule with 19 teams. I also think that MLS should start a few weeks earlier to take advantage of the lull between the end of football and the beginning of baseball and basketball/hockey playoffs. Why not start in early March?

  10. sammysounder
    September 9, 2011

    Of course, I’m pulling for SSFC, but from a neutral perspective, both LA and Sounders losing would make this a fantastic run in. Both win and it’s a two horse race.

  11. sammysounder
    September 9, 2011

    My dream . . . (and the best format EVER!!!)
    Single table, top 8 make playoffs

    Two groups of four:
    Group A; 1,2,7,8
    Group B: 3,4,5,6
    Three game round robin, familiar World-Cup format. 1,2,3 and 4 get two home games. 5,6,7,8 get 1.

    Two advance from each group.

    Home and Home series 1A v 2b 1b v 2a

    Winners advance to MLS Cup

  12. Edwin in LA
    September 9, 2011

    It does keep it interesting tho….

    I mean the last 2 MLS Cup winners have been Wild Card, and New York made it before that?

    But I do hope play improves, NY was suppose to be about 14 points better, which would put them right there with Seattle and Dallas.

    Lets hope IF Garber keeps his divisions like we all know he wants to, that the East comes up stronger. I think Philly, Columbus, SKC and DC will be good for a while, NY should be good but need to get back to last year’s form or the 1st 3 months of this year

  13. Edwin in LA
    September 9, 2011

    I like that idea, especially considering that right now we finish pretty much even with the end of playoffs/start of World Series, could move season back 2 weeks and end it 1 week into November, when World Series is usually over.

    That way MLS Cup is played RIGHT before the NCAA Football Conference Championship games and the big games to decide national championship stakes in NCAAF.

    But I think the biggest thing is the weather, we would need to see a heavy schedule in places like LA, SJ, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, Vancouver and depending on the weather maybe Portland & Seattle… could play in Utah & Colorado too but they tend to have cold March weather so maybe…

    I think NY will be fine to do to partly covered stadium and state of the art grass heating system. But I do think with 2 more games and then 2 more when the 20th team comes to MLS, we should start in early March, right before March Madness begins lol

  14. Jason B
    September 9, 2011

    That would be cool too.

  15. Charles
    September 9, 2011

    I don’t have that much to live for.

    Sounder please win the quintuple,

    CCL, World Champions, SS, MLS Cup and USOC

  16. A wise man once
    September 9, 2011

    DC will be GREAT in 2-3 years. New York, notsomuch.

  17. Rob Hak
    September 9, 2011

    That’s one point of view.

    The other is reality.

  18. ciscokid
    September 9, 2011

    Soccer is so damn interesting in the way there are multiple competitions to root for and you have to decide which are a priority.

    If someone said to me that the Sounders would win the USOC and 1 other competition only, which one would I want it to be?

    I’d be torn between MLS Cup and CCL, but probably a solid lean to CCL because of the international ramifications.

    Supporters Shield without a Cup isn’t worth it as long as there are playoffs.

  19. PetedeLA
    September 9, 2011

    Pearce needs his 70′s porno star look back.

  20. Charles
    September 9, 2011

    I am torn too.

    CCL would get them into the World Championship playoffs…which would be awesome.

    MLS Cup would insure 50k+ fans at every game….which would be awesome. But also a hassle, season ticket prices go up, parking is a million times tougher than the USL Sounders already….etc.

    What a great Friday conversation in dreamland.

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