Colorado Wins MLS Cup

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. 

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  • i was looking thru the channels last nite to find the MLS cup but all i found looked like a NHL game without pads & skates

    seriously- disgraceful refereeing last nite.... amazed more players did not get hurt

    shoulda been a penalty and probly a couple red cards last nite, the tone was set after that non-penalty call, and connor casey then started playing like a raging bull in pamplona. how it took 84 minutes before he got a yellow card i'll never know

    colorado definately outplayed dallas in the first half right up until the ferriera goal tho. just wish the ref and his linesmen had the guts to take charge and keep the peace. i wanted to watch soccer not a hockey game without skates

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    The second half was really ugly. Btw, Baldomero Toledo was one of the three finalists for referee of the year.

  • Time to end the neutral site until the MLS is large, if even then. Also, why start a game at 8:30 local in toronto in november? they know it gets cold right?
    Being at last year's game in seattle, the crowd while full wasn't really into the game, no rooting interest just went because it was part of the season ticket package. Sad for the teams and the league

  • In reply to lijien:

    yeah there was really not much of a fan "atmosphere" like you would get at a typical MLS home game. dallas probly wouldnt know the difference, but with most other teams you get the rabid fan following, the chants, music, etc

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Higher seed should get to host MLS Cup Final. I wonder what the attendance in Dallas would have been last night.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I don't mind the one game final so much as I mind lower seeds getting on even footing with better teams by virtue of the system.

    Anybody else notice Colorado won the championship with 2 holding midfielders and no central playmaker?

  • In reply to cesba:

    Good question: Who is the closest to a central midfielder on that team Casey? Cummings? Mastreoni?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Larentowicz

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Philadelphia gets Brian Carroll from Columbus

  • In reply to cesba:

    WOW!!! that is shocking!!! What did the Crew get in return?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    yeah, esp. right after he gets a national team start

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Conditional second round pick and allocation money.

    The allocation cash is what the Crew were after I'm sure.

  • In reply to cesba:

    does phily still have to protect carroll after the trade?

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    That's a really good question and the trades could be a reason for the delay in the official announcement.

    Philly probably does have to protect him.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Another trade.......

    Timbers get an international roster spot from LA for allocation money.

    http://www.portlandtimbers.com/news/2010/11/timbers-acquire-international-roster-slot-galaxy

    Wish MLS would publish these allocations dollars...........

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Philly does indeed protect Carroll. They've also protected Justin Mapp........

    http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2010/11/expansion-draft-protected-list-revealed

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Another deal. Colorado trades Julien Baudet and Danny Earls to Seattle for Peter Vagenas

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Not protecting Lowry is a mistake , he has a scoring touch and he seems to score a goal or 2 everytime against Columbus.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Kandji to have surgery on his torn ACL

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/rapids-kandji-diagnosed-torn-acl

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Should have complete MLS protected lists by 4pm-ish.

  • In reply to cesba:

    they better not have banner on the protected list or imma gonna be upset

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    be upset

  • In reply to cesba:

    *sigh*

    why why why

    if he had any touch i mite feel different, but he was such a turnover prone midfielder its the last thing the fire need

    already have 3 solid wingers as it is with pappa nyarko ristic

  • In reply to lijien:

    I agree with Tone. Time for the higher seed team (or team with more regular season points) to host the final. Further, it may be time to get a sponsor for the title instead of just "MLS Cup" (like "MLS AT&T Cup", it's done for other soccer leagues and American sports too - Bowl Games, Nascar, etc.). I know the league has several sponsors, so that may be the issue there. But if it isn't, why not have league sponsors and a cup sponsor.

    Also, why not have home and away for each leg of the playoffs including the final? Again like other leagues and other American professional sports leagues. The Mexican league playoff system is a pretty good model IMO.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    if you want to reward higher seeded teams you should have a 1 game first round hosted by the high seed and then go to home and away for the conference finals. Stay one leg for the cup final

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    I wouldn't mind that either. It does sound like there will be some sort of play-in wild card game between the 4th and 5th seeds of each conference while the top seeds get a bye.

    I'd still prefer doing away with the East and West Conferences and going to a single table though.

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    The Fire were awarded two MLS season awards today......

    Community Relations Department of the Year presented by MLSWORKS and Charles Raycroft was named Equipment Manager of the year.

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    i don't understand how they think they can switch to a FIFA fall-winter-spring schedule. sure, it mite work for teams like LA, seattle, dallas, KC, maybe even DC. but have these ppl ever lived in chicago, colorado, or toronto during the winter?

    part of december, all of january, & most of february would be unbearable. some days where the high temp doesn't even reach zero. most days where the high is below 32 degrees freezing- & thats if they play afternoon games

    i just cannot imagine them attempting to play soccer during weather like we had last winter

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I'm hoping the comments about the international calendar are just lip service to appease Sepp Blatter and the great thinkers at FIFA ahead of the World Cup Vote.

    Moving to that schedule would be suicide.

  • In reply to cesba:

    well the russians are gonna do it - probly for the same reasons

    http://www.examiner.com/soccer-in-national/russian-soccer-switches-to-fall-spring-schedule

    i guess the MLS can wait a couple years & see how it works for them before jumping in with both feet.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Hopefully more than a couple of years. The transition may be easier in the Russian league...MLS and FIFA have to realize that competing against NBA, NHL, and the NFL monster for the sports entertainment dollar during the winter months could be suicide.

  • In reply to cesba:

    yeah, i think the MLS would benefit from another world cup boost. maybe after the 2022 world cup if the US gets it, the sport will have grown enough (and the NBA maybe will have killed itself off by then too)

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    lol.....the NBA is in bigger trouble than they let on

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    First deal of the day announced.....

    Red Bulls trade D Jeremy Hall to Portland for 3rd round pick.

  • In reply to cesba:

    U-18 Academy player named Indiana HS player of the year......

    http://chicagofiresoccer.blogspot.com/2010/11/u18-academys-chad-rigg-wins-indiana.html

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Blanco scores......Alumni update.........

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/11/fire-alumni-abroad

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    MLS trade window is open today before the expansion lists are made available. Fire could be involved in some dealings.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Yes...the neutral site thing probably should be ditched as well.

    It wasn't good to see so many empty seats in the overtime last night either. It looked like half the crowd bailed after regulation.

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