Its peak mls to not just do the simple thing and put each round on the sat/Sunday instead of midweek and then a strange 10 day break till the final.
Who cares about nfl / college football were not winning those fans so just stop trying people who care about mls care about it.
I think it has more to do with the teams playing in venues that will cause problems on weekends (Boy City/Yankees, Atlanta United/Falcons, Seattle Sounders/Seahawks, LA Galaxy/Chargers New England Revolution/Patriots). All these teams are currently playoff teams and would cause potential nightmare scenarios if these games were played on the weekend and conflicted with the other leagues. MLS did this to themselves.