MLS has adopted a new format for its playoffs, getting rid of aggregate scoring and replacing it with a single-elimination tournament.
Hate the sometimes-confusing MLS playoff format? You’re in luck. The 24-team league announced a new, single-elimination format for the playoffs on Monday, doing away with aggregate scoring and increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14.
Under the new format, the No. 1 seed in each conference receives a bye into the conference semifinals, and the higher seed hosts each match.
The bracket format, via mlssoccer.com:
Also of note: The season will end earlier than in prior years. In 2019, the MLS Cup will be played on Nov. 10; in 2018, the title game was played on Dec. 8. The 2019 MLS playoffs will begin Oct. 19, with the entirety of the playoffs happening during FIFA’s international break.
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The 2019 MLS season begins March 2.