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https://theathletic....327/2018/11/19/

Summary for those of you without subscription:
-Condensed Regular season next year: Still Starts in March, will end first week of October. At least two more weekday games per team.
-7 Teams from each conference to make playoffs. So only conference winner get bye. This is apparently in anticipation of the leagues goal of 28 teams.
-Playoff Format will be single game rounds. No two leg matches.
-MLS Cup to be held before international break.
-Season could potentially begin in February in future years to mitigate condensed schedule/avoid giving non-playoff teams too much time off.
-Author hints (in follow up on Reddit) that cap on charter flights might be lifted in future years.

 

It's all just one more bizarre fudging from the MLS FO.

 

Why not extend the season and significantly reduce the number of teams tossed into the playoffs (to 4-6 at the most)?  And single-game playoffs are more of a crap-shoot than we're already saddled with.

 

Such a revised set-up will make the Supporters Shield even a more prestigious prize than it's seen to be now. (So there's a silver lining to their madness.)



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Best argument I heard so far regarding the current format:

We fly twice (to Atlanta to play and back to play our home game). Atlanta flys once (to play here) before the series is concluded. Tell me how that gives us a competitive advantage.
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We fly twice ... Atlanta flys once ...
Tell me how that gives us a competitive advantage.


Solution: We fly twice, ATL take Greyhound.

We are good enough to beat the best teams, and bad enough to lose to the worst teams. 


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Solution: We fly twice, ATL take Greyhound.


I'd prefer yellow school busses, but this is an acceptable solution.
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this is an acceptable solution.


Also, they have to change buses at least once.
Or take AmTrak. https://www.nj.com/n...ay_of_year.html
https://nypost.com/2...rt-near-albany/

We are good enough to beat the best teams, and bad enough to lose to the worst teams. 


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So 14 teams will make the  playoffs instead of 12.

 

No MLS games in December unless an MLS team makes it to the WCC.

 

Will we will still have the "All-Star" game? Hope they get rid of that nonsense.



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I don't ever see this happening but after reading a lot of the posts here a 2 leg home series would give a real home field advantage and solve most of the concerns here.

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ideally, Us Soccer should have the Open Cup start in Sept and it should end at by Feb. Have regional qualifiers while the weather is warm and then during the cold winter months and finals a warm city should hosts the games - kinda like the Olympic games set up. 



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ideally, Us Soccer should have the Open Cup start in Sept and it should end at by Feb. Have regional qualifiers while the weather is warm and then during the cold winter months and finals a warm city should hosts the games - kinda like the Olympic games set up. 


I feel like that would water down the already suspect product with B lineups that we already see in the Open Cup. Teams will prioritize the playoffs and having an actual full offseason over competing for the Open Cup.

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Best argument I heard so far regarding the current format:

We fly twice (to Atlanta to play and back to play our home game). Atlanta flys once (to play here) before the series is concluded. Tell me how that gives us a competitive advantage.

 

This is a really interesting and relevant point.



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Best argument I heard so far regarding the current format:

We fly twice (to Atlanta to play and back to play our home game). Atlanta flys once (to play here) before the series is concluded. Tell me how that gives us a competitive advantage.

A second 2-hour flight?

The horror!

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A second 2-hour flight?

The horror!

 

 

Two or eight hour flight, its another day you can't spend resting, training, prepping, whatever. You're gonna say that makes no difference whatsoever?



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Gotta think they're flying home right after the game on Sunday as to not miss any training.

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Two or eight hour flight, its another day you can't spend resting, training, prepping, whatever. You're gonna say that makes no difference whatsoever?

They can fly back after the game, and rest/train/prep normally on Monday. If it were a huge advantage, we could have tanked and been the lower seed to eliminate it...

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Two or eight hour flight, its another day you can't spend resting, training, prepping, whatever. You're gonna say that makes no difference whatsoever?


Agreed. That 2 hour flight will probably consume a bare minimum of 6 hours all and all, between getting to and from the airport, the down time with getting boarded and all that crap, and the time in the air. Thats a whole day thats shot.




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