to my knowledge no other notable soccer league in the world has playoffs, and for good reason, they are stupid. the actual top team(s) has nothing to gain from it and the mere process of it degrades the league champion status assuming they do not win. plus it's not exciting. some may suggest playoffs makes the league more competitive and gives a higher amount of teams more to play for. this is a disillusioned standpoint. making the playoffs underscores averageness and gives a false sense of accomplishment. we hear it often but it should never be a team's goal to make the playoffs. a further problem with building a league around averageness is that fanbases and executive personnel of struggling clubs get needlessly impatient and sucked into this whole ridiculous concept of making the playoffs as if it is some cure-all, whereas if there was one league table with one league champion everyone would just be focused on winning games and the importance of league play and climbing as high as you can since 19 of 20 teams are in the same situation (of not being champion). the bottom line is league play is king and playoffs undermines this. but what about playoff revenue? easy, have derbies instead and make a bracket out of it whereupon a team will eventually be crowned derby cup champion. as far as the league? one table. 20 teams. one champion. top four american teams and top canadian team get into CONCACAF champions league. eliminate: rivalry cups, US open cup, canadian championship, MLS cup (playoffs), MLS supporters shield, MLS all-star game. introduce: MLS champion, derby cup champion. clean, simple, professional. who knows, if they do something like this and raise the salary cap the MLS might actually be internationally respected. how would you like to see the league changed from this standpont?