It is the time of the year for the start of the Major League Soccer playoffs. However, it features a new format. Starting this year, the opening round will be a best-of-three series. Players have mixed emotions about the new format.
According to sportsbook pay per head reports, Lionel Messi, the star player for Inter Miami, will not be participating in the postseason. After finishing second-to-the-last place in the Eastern Conference, the team missed the playoffs. Also, Miami is on its first foreign tour to China in early November.
After two play-in games on Wednesday, the field of 16 teams was established. On Sunday, the New York Red Bulls will travel to TQL Stadium to face the Eastern Conference’s top team, Cincinnati, after beating Charlotte 5-2. On November 4th, the series will shift to Red Bull Arena. If the series needs a third game, they will play it in Cincinnati.
Major League Soccer Playoffs
After a 0-0 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes in the Western Conference play-in, Sporting Kansas City advanced on penalties.
This Sunday at CITYPARK, expansion St. Louis will take on Sporting, the West’s second seed. Another twist has been added to this season. If games end in a draw after regular and overtime, penalty kicks will decide the winner.
According to soccer news reports, the semifinals and finals of each conference will have a single-elimination format. Also, games will go to overtime and then penalties to break a tie. The tournament kicks off on Saturday and continues until the 12th of November. On November 25–26, the semi-finalists will compete for a spot in the conference finals, which will be held on December 2–3. On December 9, the team with the most points in the regular season will host the MLS Cup final.
With 69 points in the regular season, Cincinnati was the top team. In addition, the team received the Supporters’ Shield. After entering MLS in 2019, the club went winless for three consecutive seasons. According to bookie tutorials and news sites, Cincinnati reached the conference semifinals a year ago, where Philadelphia ultimately eliminated them.