(New York, NY) Today, Major League Soccer have officially announced a playoff format change for the 2019 season.
The playoffs are no longer a two-legged series and the top 7 teams from each conference will be eligible. The 1st seed will continue to have a first round bye, while the 2nd place team will now play the 7th seed.
Home field advantage changes in a major way under the new format. The higher seeded plays as the host team through the tournament.
The format change also brings a condensed playoff schedule. The two international breaks, often cited as momentum killers, now bookend the playoff schedule .
Whether these changes will be for the better, only time will tell.
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