The MLS playoff system is one that foreign players find odd. And rightly so. That’s because in Europe, the Champions League is their playoffs. Regular seasons are just the qualifying. And since the United States is not in Europe…well, it can’t participate in the European Champions League.
This is why leagues like the MLS and Liga MX use a playoff. They don’t have a UEFA Champions’ League. They have the CONCACAF CL, which is frankly a joke. The MLS playoffs are as nail-biting and tense as any other American league, with all the drama that goes with it. And until the CONCACAF Champions League can turn into more than simply exhibitions for American and Mexican teams, the playoffs will remain the best path for sought after hardware.
Personally I would find a CONCACAF/CONMEBOL Champions’ League would be very entertaining since Argentine and Brazillian powers such as Boca Juniors would also compete. But until then, we may be stuck with the playoffs that players like Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane seem dismally half-invested in.
The postseason is an American idea and Americans should not be offended if other countries do not necessarily follow our rationale. It’s like trying to get Americans to understand playing your playoff intertwined with your regular season. With your regular season being a qualification method for said playoffs, only the playoffs are played the next year. So as you’re playing the 2013 season, you’re also playing the playoff from the year before. And don’t even get started on the Away Goals rule. Looking from the outside in is the same as vice versa. It looks foreign.
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