MLS Announces New Playoff Format for 2019

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Shwafta

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Looking at it, do they plan play the 1st rd on Wed/thurs (11/16-17)? Then rd 2 sun 11/20? That would give 2 weeks between conf final & mls cup.
Whoever made those weird-ass colors made it unclear that that's october 16th, not november.. november starts half way into that blue area. They could probably make the playoffs just 4 straight sundays and be done with it?
 
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Whoever made those weird-ass colors made it unclear that that's october 16th, not november.. november starts half way into that blue area. They could probably make the playoffs just 4 straight sundays and be done with it?
I think you’re right. The 10/16-19 if for players to return and practice from their international breaks. Just play 4 straight Sunday. Most fair and keeps momentum.

NYCFC never make MLS Cup Playoffs again thanks to PRO.
Or thanks to CFG. But seriously, with 7 teams now going, we always field a team that makes the playoffs. But at this rate we never field a team that gets that 1 bye.
 

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There's not really a solution for this, but I wonder if the two-week break for top seeds will negatively affect them in the 1 v 4/5 game at all. That's a long break.
 

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There's not really a solution for this, but I wonder if the two-week break for top seeds will negatively affect them in the 1 v 4/5 game at all. That's a long break.
At least it’s played at their home. Before 1&2 seeds had to travel after their bye. It is a long time, but hopefully lets players recover. Especially if the good ones just played across the world during the first week ‘off’.
 

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Regular season still starting on March 2. So, 2 weeks taken off the season's length (without counting the week off during the October international break).