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Major League Soccer’s New 2019 Playoff Format A Success

November 15th, 2019 · No Comments

As gone is the maddening two-game Away Goals Aggregate Matches, replaced by traditional Single Game Elimination, a la good ‘Ol NFL Football. With the league’s top-14 MLS Squads making the Playoffs.

As FC Cincinnati joined the fracas this year as the newest MLS Expansion Football Club, (FC) Err Squad, Uhm team, bringing the league’s total to 24 Franchises this year.

Whilst thou league will continue growing to an odd number of 29 MLS Franchises and counting by 2022. As Sacramento has just been awarded the leagues latest expansion team Franchise.

With David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF and Nashville FC set to commence play next year. Followed by Austin FC in 2021 and then the Sacramento Republic FC and St Louis in 2022. With a 30th MLS Franchise to be named later.

Sacramento awarded latest MLS Expansion Team Franchise

But back to this year’s MLS Playoffs, which by my reckoning, Thar were two first time MLS Playoff Debutantes, the New York City Football Club and Minnesota United FC.The Top-2 No. 1 Seeds, aka New York City FC and Los Angeles FC both got First round byes due to winning their respective Division, i.e.; New York Eastern and LA FC Western respectively.

The remaining 12 Teams saw the Higher Seeded Clubs Hosting Playoff Matches. Whilst I believe I also heard that the Top two teams were ensured of Home-field advantage thru the Semi-finals.

Also Arse-sumin’ that Los Angeles FC which won the league’s Supporters Shield for the Best Regular Season record, will have Home Field advantage throughout the entire playoffs, including the MLS Cup if they advance to the Finals. With the first round of Playoffs beginning Saturday, October 19th.

In the Western Division (No. 2 Seed) Seattle sounders FC played an epic Scrum vs. No. 7 FC Dallas. RSL, aka Real Salt Lake (No. 3) Hosted those pesky Portland Timbers. (No. 6) And the Upstart Minnesota United (No. 4)
held their inaugural Playoff Match at their brand new Allianz Field Stadium vs. the Dreaded Los Angeles Galaxy, (No. 5) as the Sunday evening’s First round Nightcap.

The Eastern Division saw (No. 2 Seed) Atlanta United FC, the reigning Major League Soccer Champions Hosting (No. 7)
New England Revolution. While (No. 3) Philadelphia Union Hosted (No. 6) New York Red Bulls. And (No. 4) Toronto FC Hosted (No. 5) DC United.

Toronto sent Wayne Rooney packing back Across thou Puddle with an epic 5-1 rout in Overtime, after the game had ended knotted 1-1. while Atlanta methodically Beat New England One-Nil. (1-0)

The Seattle Sounders had to work for their first matches victory, Defeating the upstart FC Dallas squad 4-3 in Overtime.

Whilst RSL Defeated Portland 2-1 Saturday Night, eliminating the Sounders Arch Nemesis, Cascadian Cup foe and last year’s MLS Cup runner-ups, albeit nobody remembers the losers, Righto?

Sunday’s early game saw the Philadelphia Union dispatched the New York Red Bulls 4-3 in Overtime, after falling behind early Two-Nil, (2-0( before securing the Franchise’s first ever Playoff victory.

Union make Big Step with Elusive First-ever MLS Playoff Win in Wild Comeback vs. Red Bulls 

Meanwhile, Minnesota’s post season party was short lived, with Zlatan Ibrahimović & Co. beating the Playoff Debutantes 2-1 on the Road.

As the No. 1 Seed) NYC FC awaited the playing of their first match against the visiting Toronto FC, the 2017 MLS Champions Wednesday, October 23rd. While it was right back to work for Seattle, hosting RSL in The Emerald City,” three days after their OT Victory.

On the West Coast, the No. 1 Seed Los Angeles FC, coached by former U.S. Mens National Team Head Coach Bob Bradly awaited the arrival of cross-town rivals, LA Galaxy Thursday, October 24th. With Atlanta hosting Philadelphia.

As the first upset occurred when visiting Toronto upset the Eastern Conference’s Number 1 seeded New York FC 2-1, while Atlanta marched on with a “Clean Sheet” Two-Nil win vs. the Philadelphia Union.

In what arguably looked like the Seattle’s final match in front of its feverish Rave Green Fans, the Sounders sent Real Salt Lake packing with its own Clean Sheet W’, also by the score 2-0.

Yet the most anticipated match had to be what’s been deemed El Trafico’, which I turned on just-in-time to hear the Host Los Angeles FC Head Coach Bob Bradley lamenting how he wasn’t happy giving up a goal just before Halftime, with the score being 2-1.

But I just couldn’t bear the thought of watching the Galaxy’s Imperious Footballer Ibrahimović, which suppose I should have. Since Zlatan apparently led his team back to a 3-3 tie before LA FC won decisively in OT by the score of 5-3! With rumours suggesting that it most likely was Ibrahimović’s final MLS game.

Zlatan Confirms Spain as Next Stop

 

Thus the two MLS Cup Semi-finals saw Atlanta hosting Toronto in a battle of the leagues latest two champions. While Seattle flew to La-La Land to take on the Red Hot Los Angeles FC in Carson, California.

As Dare the Rave Green and more importantly the Sounders FC think of Hosting this year’s Major League Soccer Cup on its home pitch Der Clink’, nee Century Link Field if Thar Northern Rivals Toronto could Defeat the reigning MLS Cup champions Atlanta United FC?

But first Seattle would need to do what everybody in Sportsland didn’t give them the briefest ‘O chances of doing, Defeating the LA Football Club, which Y’all know how this Fairy tale scenario worked out, El Correctomundo?

As indeed, Seattle Stunned LA with a Mega’ 3-1 upset, and then the following night Toronto audaciously Defeated Atlanta 2-1!

And then it was Cup time Baby! As Seattle’s Century Link Field Sold Out it’s Stadium in just over One hour when tickets went on sell for the rubber match between Seattle and Toronto. With an estimated crowd of 70,000 Stark Raving Mad Football Fans attending!

As the Sounders Stunned Toronto on Thar Home pitch with a PK’ (Penalty Kicks) Shootout victory in 2016, before losing to Toronto in the following year’s Cup final held once again at Toronto’s BOM Field…

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