MLS commissioner Don Garber defends new MLS playoff format

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber defended the new playoff format, explaining the changes stem from a need to ‘innovate’ and bring fans more excitement.

The new system will see the top seven teams from each conference automatically qualify to the Round One Best-of-3 series following Decision Day on October 21, while teams ranked from seventh to ninth compete in a single-elimination playoffs Wild Card match.

The winners of each Wild Card game will earn a spot in the Round One Best-of-3 series.The upcoming edition of the postseason will see up-to 24 must-win matches ahead of the 2023…


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