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Unraveling the mystery: where will MLS Cup 2012 land?

Oct 29, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

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I love the new MLS Cup format that awards host rights to the highest seed standing among the conference winners.

When the regular season serves to eliminate less than half the field – 10 teams make the playoffs, nine do not – then finding more ways to incentivize the regular season is critical. This format goes a long way to achieving that.

So, where will MLS Cup 2012 land?

The easiest way to start unraveling that question is to look at the combined table. That makes it simple to untangle in terms of matchups. Pick two teams, one from the West and one from the East, and identify the better point total among those two.

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See? Simple.For instance (completely hypothetically), let’s say Los Angeles comes out of the West and faced D.C. United from the East. That match will be at RFK Stadium.

Here are the combined standings:

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  1. joeyt360 - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    That table is especially weird from the point of view of a United fan. With two weeks to go the team was thinking we might not make the playoffs, and now we sit here as ‘best of the rest’. Two stumbles and the thing could be at RFK; an outside shot, but stranger things have happened in the MLS playoffs.

  2. ndnut - Oct 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Only 1 “stumble” is needed since you beating SKC wouldn’t be a “stumble” outside DCU’s control.

  3. tylerbetts - Oct 29, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    I’m installing LSP as the favorite to host MLS Cup final this year. Hard to see San Jose getting through the west, and hard to see anyone getting a favorable enough result in KC.

  4. ndnut - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    I too think it goes to Kansas, but would the ‘Quakes play MLS Cup Final at Buck Shaw or Stanford Stadium (or another location?)?

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