MLS: Why the Current Playoff System Has to Change

The MLS playoffs resumed last Sunday after a two-week break and, due to the international window, the postseason was lost in the shuffle.

Abruptly pausing during the playoffs is probably why the buzz faded, and it's one of many reasons why the current MLS playoff system has to change.

The conference finals were exciting, but both FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls looked very rusty. They were the two best teams in the regular season, yet they both have to overcome two-goal deficits in the return legs.

Dallas and New York each played 34 regular-season games to claim the top seeds in their conferences. Their rewards consist of starting a two-legged series on the road with an away-goals tiebreaker.

Using this rule is absurd in a seeded tournament. The home team has to be more careful because goals are almost twice as valuable for the road side.

Even some European clubs want to abolish this method in the ...

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