2011 MLS Cup Playoffs: As Expected, The New Format Receives Zero Praise

Well, the new MLS Cup Playoff format has been released, and to literally no one's surprise, the system is being chewed to death. 

Ideally, it goes without saying that the playoffs should be based upon a single table, have seeds one through eight, or better yet: get rid of the playoffs altogether.

Allow the Supporters' Shield winners to become league champions, and allow playoff hungry fans to cheer on their club in the U.S. Open Cup.

The evident problem with Major League Soccer is their appeasement, and their ongoing efforts to try to appeal to a casual, playoff loving, American audience, and its sharp polar frenemies: the hardcore, anti-playoff, single table-loving group of fans. 

Exactly how evident are MLS' efforts to appeal to the two groups?

First and foremost, the league long ago assembled a playoff format that awkwardly blended a conference-driven playoff format with a single-table playoff format, resulting in...

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