Judging by the message boards, commentaries and blogs we have seen, fans have strong opinions about the radical redesigns being made to the MLS schedule and playoff format for 2012.
A lot of scorn has been aimed at the league office for a conference heavy schedule that cuts down on travel. And a lot of kudos are being aimed at the league office for approving a format which ensures that the highest remaining seed will host the MLS Cup, rather than have the game played at a neutral site.
Being the contrarians we are at The 11, we’ll take a different stand.
We don’t mind the new schedule. We understand that comparing MLS to tiny countries like England, Italy and the Netherlands (geography-wise) is even more extreme than apples to oranges. In England, Arsenal leaving London to head to Newcastle is long road trip.
Going between Montreal and Toronto — which is considered a puddle jump in North American terms — is about 15 km longer than a London-Newcastle trip.
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