Time will tell what the ultimate alignment and schedule end up. My thoughts are that we end up with 3 conferences with 10 clubs each for 30 clubs. This would allow of regional competition, and controlling travel costs. All clubs would play everyone within the conference twice for 18 matches and all clubs in the other two conferences once for 20 matches and a total of 38 games per season. An 38 game season should not be out of the question considering that the EFL Championship plays a 46 game season plus playoffs. The conference champions would be awarded for regular season performance rather than thru a playoff. Along with the Supporters Shield being awarded to the single club with the best overall record. The MLS Cup playoffs would consists of 13 clubs (top three clubs in each conference plus the next four regardless of conference) playing in a single game elimination tournament. The three conference champions would receive a first round bye. The brackets would be divided into a 6 club bracket which includes the two conference champions with second and third best records. Along with a bracket consisting of 7 clubs which includes the Supporter Shield winner. (By theory giving the SS winner the easiest path to the MLS Cup). By doing this the Conference champions would be rewarded for regular season play.