Well, actually it does. NBA and NHL put all playoff teams back to 0-0. But I think the NBA and NHL regular seasons are a bit absurd, don't you? Just because other leagues are doing something stupid, doesn't make it okay to imitate them. NFL does not put all playoff teams back to 0-0-0 (giving some teams a bye is essentially starting them at 1-0-0 for the playoffs) and generally regarded as the best format among American based sports leagues. I agree that your plan is better than the current system used by MLS. But your format would not make the MLS regular season any more important than the NHL and NBA regular seasons (which many people ridicule). umm... but the Fire would have 3 points and DC would have 0. That's a bigger (or at least comparable) advantage than getting 2 more home games. IOW, it would wipe-away 7 months of work by DC since home advantage is not nearly as significant as you seem to be implying. But that's not the biggest problem. Some playoff teams not playing a single home match is the biggest problem. With my system, even DC's last regular season match would've meant something! In fact, you could clinch first place overall with 5 matches to go, and your last 5 matches would still mean something. That's the beauty of it!