- Aug 24, 2011
Toronto looked and played like a team that wanted to go home.
Not sure if this has ever been brought up on this board. How do you feel about MLS playoffs? To me, I wish the “league title” would be the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup should be a lesser cup (like FA Cup). I’ll admit I’m not a big MLS fan. Any thoughts?
That's really what it should be. But there is still a greater respect for the MLS Cup vs the Supporter Shield. Maybe instead of Supporter Shield, name it MLS League Champion. Then you could still have MLS Cup Champion. ????Not sure if this has ever been brought up on this board. How do you feel about MLS playoffs? To me, I wish the “league title” would be the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup should be a lesser cup (like FA Cup). I’ll admit I’m not a big MLS fan. Any thoughts?
What the MLS copied was the American tradition of distributing leagues across 4 time zone with more teams than can play a round robin schedule. Unlike baseball and the winter sports, where teams can take a 2 week road trip and cover most or all of the far coast, soccer teams have to fly back and forth for most games on the opposite coast, making traditional home and home arrangements impractical. Furthermore, by going beyond 18-20 teams it is no longer possible to play a complete round robin anyway. That's the biggest obstacle to makimg the Supporters' Shield a league championship. It doesn't make sense if teams are playing unbalanced schedules.I don't understand our fascination with conferences. Play a full table like the other leagues and declare the regular season champ the champ. It makes the most sense.
But our other sports all feature expansive playoffs, so that seems to be what MLS copied. Even with Baseball, you could keep the conferences and eliminate divisions.