Oct 29, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT
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.
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:
- Real Madrid beat Barcelona to win Copa del Rey, as Bale’s brilliance seals it 0
- It’s official: Atlanta gets Major League Soccer’s 22nd franchise 1
- Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland: Two Wickham goals, late Nasri equalizer leave sides even 1
- Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace: Toffees’ top four hopes take huge hit 4
- Ahead of Atlanta’s expected MLS entry, are NFL stadium shares the way to go? 9
- Premier League Preview: Man City host Sunderland, Everton face Palace 0