The Colorado Rapids are raising MLS Cup 2010 as league champions and the league seems to be doing everything it can to ensure that lesser teams continue to provide playoff surprises that aren't necessarily wanted or needed by most of it's fan base. Sure, an MLS Cup win is great for the fans of that particular team when a fifth seed gets through and surprises a favorite in the final but is it really necessary? Adding two more playoffs teams will increase interest in a late season playoff hunt but will also further damage the credibility of the regular season as it does in the NBA and NHL.
There is no need to allow more than half of next year's nineteen teams into the postseason tournament considering that even the most die hard Rapids supporter would have a hard time justifying that Colorado is actually a better side than Real Salt Lake, Los Angeles, or even FC Dallas despite last night's result.
Here's one idea that can be implemented next season. If MLS is set on adding two more playoff teams and revamping the playoff system next year, why not reward the higher seeds in each match up by eliminating the randomness of penalty kick shoot outs? If an aggregate series or conference final is tied after regulation play and a thirty minute overtime period award the higher seed (the team with a better regular season) the victory. I know it doesn't cure everything wrong with the current playoff format but it would be a step in the right direction. Garber announced during half time of the Final that the revamped playoff format would be announced in about 30 days.
The expansion draft protected lists are due today at 2 pm stay tuned........