Re: The 2009 Playoff Race – Magic Numbers, Tragic Numbers & Other Assorted Obfuscation This year's playoff race is a prime example why I prefer MLS to any league in the world. There's only two teams out of 15 who can't win the title this year; Mathmatically, there's only one. Wow. Every single game matters over the entire season, and it has come to a fantastic crescendo this fall. I can only imagine how dramatic this is going to be in 2011, with three more teams all vying for those precious 8 spots.