Here's a way to add prestige to the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup, and meaning to the MLS regular season. First, MLS switches to a single table. Top team at the end of the regular season wins the MLS Cup, hands down (no supporter's shield necessary). Top 8 MLS teams advance to the U.S. Open Cup tournament. MLS Seeds 5-8 each play a one-off game against a non-MLS opponent. Winners of those games join MLS seeds 1-4 as the final 8 teams vying for the U.S. Open Cup. A couple of playoff rounds later and you've got your U.S. Open Cup champion.