So, we’ve established that Chivas underestimated MLS when they created the squad for LA Latinos. So now, the long promised reinforcements have arrived. I’m actually glad about this. Of course, the fact that the other LA team has already won 5 of 5 from them helps matters there.
What bothers me is, what if Chivas de LA win the MLS Cup this season? It can happen. They’ve brought in enough ‘star’ talent that if they got hot right now (more than 2/3rds into the season) they could sneak into the playoffs and…well, anything is possible there.
I know I’ve complained for a long time that most of the regular season is meaningless. In order to win the EPL, the champion has usually only lost a handful of games all season…in the case of Arsenal a couple of years ago, it was exactly zero–though they did slip up in the Cups.
Right now, San Jose has 4 losses. With 7 matches left, that’s respectable and though they don’t have the most points (NE have one more but with one more loss) they would make worthy–can’t believe I just used that word–champions. But with the regular season almost over, all 12 teams can still mathematically win the MLS Cup.
Perhaps one of the reasons the Open Cup hasn’t caught on in this country is because it too closely resembles the playoffs. After all, attendance drops off for the playoffs as well. The league is so focused on selling tickets to youth groups during the regular season, they seem to forget the other competitions.
(It’s it funny how this started off as a blog about Chivas’ new players and has ended up being a rant about the league structure? I guess that’s why my blog has it’s title.)
Well, as I’m on the topic, Mr. Garber, here’s my wise list. As you are determined to create a league with 30+ teams…here’s a structure that should meet your requirements and make since (yeah, that would be a first)
So, let’s have two conferences. Teams in each conference will focus on games against their own conference. However, I’m sure you’ll want a “Freddie Tour” so I guess each team will have to play against a home and home against every other team…wait, that won’t work either or it’ll be a 60 game meaningless season. So, each team in each conference plays each team twice. Then, the champ from each conference plays each other in a home and home series for the MLS Cup. Or are you already thinking about that? You did mention a few weeks ago to expect a change in the playoff format. But I’m sure you’re still hell bent on the single game final.
Of course, the Open Cup stays as it is cuz it already works.
But in the mean time, let’s see how close Chivas gets to the playoffs.