The playoffs- attendence and interest- are a joke. Here's one suggestion to improve things (its not perfect, but better I think). The best record during regular season (regardless of division) gets to host MLS Cup. That guarantees a decent (30k and up likely) or great or sellout. 1 month before end of season, MLS allows the top 2-3 teams to start promoting, selling tickets for a MLS Cup in their home stadium. Obviously, that would mean the 2 teams that DON'T get the best record would have wasted efforts (but that's the cost to MLS for this plan). This way, the best record team would have at least 2 months before the actual Cup to sell tickets- which should be enough time . Also, it should be enough organization time. Tight, but enough time. The playoffs become knock-out (single game elimination), and you pick the best 8 remaining teams. The MLS best record team would get the advantage (as they should) of hosting the Cup, resting their regulars, and could schedule exhibitions for the 3 weeks preceeding the Cup w/MLS teams that have ended their season. I think this proposal would yield more interest, best overall attendence (per game average) and a more exciting MLS Cup. Again, its not perfect, but an improvement, I think.