has sunil gulati in his sights
- Dec 15, 2002
For all the hype around Atlanta United, this is an amazing stat. Just one win all season against the top eight teams in MLS:
Me too although I can’t claim to be a fanatic. Love the stadium.Lost their coach midway through the season as well, but they just keep churning along. As (probably) the only RBNY fan on the board, it was a fantastic day for the Red teams, and miserable for the blues. Sincerely wish the Revs had a setup like RB; stadium, academy and vision.
Can you say more?Win or lose, DC United feels like they are "back" as an organization with Audi Field + this late season run. The atmosphere feels fantastic — clearly miles better than NYCFC and Dallas yesterday.
With NYCFC I think a lot of it is the stadium. It's an atmosphere-killer, and it also looks terrible on TV. The field is tiny and the in-stadium camera angle makes it look even worse. OTOH, early-round playoff attendance is a great barometer of the size of your engaged/intense fanbase. The games are scheduled on very short notice, they usually aren't included in season-ticket packages, and are played on weeknights. There's no time to organize youth soccer group sales, etc.Can you say more?
I see a lot of NYCFC gear around NYC - much moreso than RBNY stuff. Are they just passive fans? Or is it just the stadium?
Dallas (and Houston)... I dunno. Should one of them move to Austin? What can be done?
Berhalter is the forward whisperer; he got 19 goals out of Gyasi Zardes in the regular season and now one during the playoffs. His secret for Zardes is to ensure that all Zardes has to do is a one-touch finish, which he's pretty good at in MLS. But when Zardes gets on the ball and has to make quick decisions....it's not a good thing.That save was incredible. Columbus probably should have had at least one more goal. They were strangely passive with the ball in the box down the stretch.
My understanding that that there is an Auto Show at the Convention Center attached to Qwest Field and that prevents Friday. I'm not sure the exact reason, if the Auto Show will be using the parking lot then, or what, but that's my understanding.Seahawks play at home Sunday. Not sure why it's not on Friday like I originally saw scheduled.
The short version is as follows:Can someone explain how these two game playoffs work?
I'm new to this. TIA
Yeah, MLS has never really figured out what the optimal playoff format is. The conference semifinals and finals don't really confer much of an advantage on the higher seed, thus better regular season performance is only rewarded in the play-in round and in MLS Cup.MLS does seed more like an American sports league, so I am not 100% sure why they also do this format. Just part of the charm of still figuring out how to be an American soccer league, I guess.
Liga MX has a playoff system that starts after the international window, has the same number of matchdays, rewards teams with better records, and yet ends on the same weekend. This isn’t hard to figure out!Yeah, MLS has never really figured out what the optimal playoff format is. The conference semifinals and finals don't really confer much of an advantage on the higher seed, thus better regular season performance is only rewarded in the play-in round and in MLS Cup.
The biggest problem is the November FIFA window. The two-week break between the end of the conference semifinals and the beginning of the conference finals is a big momentum-killer.