The MFL Group System Stinks*

*Unless, of course, your team benefits

Usually this time of year, it’s time to pull out the abacus to figure out the mathematical possibilities and the enigma machine to decipher the rules for who qualifies for the MFL liguilla.

The MFL has 18 teams that are split into 3 groups. This time around, the top two teams in each group qualify for the post season, regardless of where they stand in the general table. The last two spots are filled by the highest remaining teams in the general table.

So again, I say, why have the groups? The groups do nothing but place undeserving teams in the post-season. A team might be in second place in the group, but ninth place in the standings. Since there is no added intra-divisional competition, the groups are meaningless.

Cruz Azul has locked up a top two seed, and Monterrey will do the same with one more win. In the liguilla’s first two rounds, the higher seed need only a tie on aggregate in order to advance. Landing a top-two seed is, therefore, a huge advantage.

San Luis, Santos, Tigres, and America should punch their tickets with wins this weekend. Chiapas and Toluca are the remaining teams that are in the playoff zone right now.

Chivas needs to win both its games and hope for complete collapses from other teams. To make matters worse, the sacred flock has to play the top two teams in the league to finish the season.

Pumas is another team on the outside looking in, but their path to the playoffs only requires one team, Chiapas, to implode once, so long as Pumas notches two victories. They would back-door their way in thanks to that automatic 2nd place slot.

Hmmm.

So maybe that rule ain’t so bad after all.