I hope we don't get fucked on away goals this year and the format changes next year.
I do love that they are going to single elimination and getting rid of the stupid away goals rule though.
Season starting in February is going to be interesting. I can see that being really bad for attendance in a lot of places with the cold weather though they could try to have more teams in the south and out west host more during that month. Or maybe have 1pm games so it won't be as bad.
I don't mind the cold at all, just don't see us having good attendance when it's freezing cold out in February for an early regular season game.
Author kind of implied that teams in warmer locales would be expected to host in Feb (Miami, Orlando, Nashville, LAs, Texas teams, etc.).
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.
Team overall played very well. I think Armas is less stubborn than Marsch. The RB system has largely been play straight through the middle, Jesse at one point even gave a presentation where he showed how RB teams created goals attacking straight down the middle, but Armas recognized that we needed to attack down the flanks to win.
Whole team was good. People will say BWP was invisible but he still did the little things to keep the D honest and create chances. Just by capturing the D's attention he played a big role.
Midfield won the game. I think that was Adam's best game ever. Muyl was also huge, arguably his best game (even if you don't count the goal credited to him). Davis and Royer also had great games. Kaku seemed to get less touches but he didn't do anything wrong, might just be that CBus was paying more attention to him since our offense usually flows through him. Kemar also looked sharp. Robles wasn't asked to do much, but had 1 excellent save iirc. Not much to complain about. Hope it carries over to Atlanta.
Disorganized play with no rythm from both sides, crappy stadium with bad angles, unconscious comparisons being made by everyone to quality of play in World Cup, both teams switch extroverted outspoken coaches for quiet introverts. . . Hasn't been a great game to watch so far.