The play-offs are intended to generate an exciting conclusion to the MLS season. The best way to assess the excitement that they generate is by looking at attendance. 8,000 in Denver is pitiful, I excpect a similarly low figure in New England. Watching the MLS is like watching one of those fireworks that keeps spluttering on, you keep watching hoping for a spectacular finish but instead it goes out as a damp squib with barely a pop. Maybe only the top2 teams in each division should reach the playoffs (until the leagues are sufficiently expanded) to help make reaching the playoffs feel special and something that should be celebrated. I know people will say that it is about money but looking at the below average crowds it would be more economically favourable for certain clubs not to be in the play-offs. MLS needs to do something to liven up the season finale IMO as last night was a bad advertisment for MLS.