While the nature of MLS playoffs has been discussed ad nauseum here (especially since it changes every year), I noticed one thing recently. Before the playoffs started, I picked Los Angeles to win the west and has a good chance to repeat. After their 2-0 first leg quarterfinal home win, there are a few ways the Galaxy could fail to win the second leg and still advance. If the semifinal ends in a draw and LA wins on penalties, they advance to the final... which is held at their own Home Depot Center. Thus, it's not inconceivable, nor even a longshot, that the "league champions" will have gone through the entire season without a single victory away from home. What kind of joke is that?! Sometimes, the things MLS does discredits itself far more than ESPN apathy or the contempt of the English press. I understand Lamar Hunt's desire for every team to host playoff games, but when you see the tiny crowds, it barely seems worth it. Postseason games are supposed to have a BETTER atmosphere and generate MORE excitement than the regular season. If not, they lose their raison d'etre. Besides, the smaller crowds has to be a money loser! If MLS absolutely insists on having a postseason showcase game, which I imagine they would, then have a one game final between the two best regular season teams. At least you'll get a champion that's somewhat deserving.