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Old 12-19-2018, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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It looks like the MLS has learned the error of its ways and will switch to all single-elimination games in 2019:


https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/...format-matters


Overall I like it, apart from having way too many teams. They're also shortening the playoff period; another plus.
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Not too far East of the Everglades
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Can’t wait for the 19 Season to get goinn and me get goinn to Orlando to watch the Lions play in their GREAT home stadium.
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Add Promotion/Regulation and get rid of the playoffs if the MLS ever wants to be a Top 10 league in the world.
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:05 AM
 
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Add Promotion/Regulation and get rid of the playoffs if the MLS ever wants to be a Top 10 league in the world.
Promotion and relegation is not going to turn the MLS into a top 10 league in the world. Money will do that. Speaking of money, the massive influx of money to the big European soccer leagues over the last decade or so - England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany for example, has rendered promotion and relegation useless.
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Old 01-25-2019, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Relegation duh, i don't know why i said "Regulation" lol.
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Old 01-25-2019, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Speaking of money, the massive influx of money to the big European soccer leagues over the last decade or so - England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany for example, has rendered promotion and relegation useless.
At the top yes, at the bottom where promotion/relegation matters it didn't change that much.
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:03 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Add Promotion/Regulation and get rid of the playoffs if the MLS ever wants to be a Top 10 league in the world.
Agree about promotion/relegation and abolishing the playoffs - but I’d be surprised if it ever happened in MLS.
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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The playoffs are the most boring thing in MLS. The two legged system is the only one that made sense to me, going to one leg I dont think will make it anymore exciting. I literally havent watched a playoff game that my team wasnt in before, there is just no incentive.

MLS doesnt want to become a top 10 league, MLS just wants to grow and grow and grow to whomever can throw a few hundred million at them. Being competitive isnt on the radar.
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Old 01-28-2019, 09:54 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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MLS doesnt want to become a top 10 league, MLS just wants to grow and grow and grow to whomever can throw a few hundred million at them. Being competitive isnt on the radar.
It’s taken me several years of disillusion to come to the same conclusion. Sadly, I agree 100%. Though, having the opposite schedule of play than the rest of the world does not help - limits exposure and interrupts our regular season too much during World Cup and trials.
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Old 01-28-2019, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Add Promotion/Regulation and get rid of the playoffs if the MLS ever wants to be a Top 10 league in the world.
I don't believe that relegation will be as useful in the U.S. because of the enormous scale of the geography. The states don't have the same situation as in Europe where players can readily travel between nations and join different leagues. That gives free agents a lot of leverage, and the leagues can't apply measures like salary caps to encourage parity.
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