Tyler Adams: “You look at the system and the way the league is set up, and it’s not easy to be successful. ” (Keith Furman/FrontRowSoccer.com)
By Michael Lewis
HARRISON, N.J. — The cat is out of the bag.
Well, sort of.
Major League Soccer reportedly has been considering changing the playoff structure of a two-game aggregate goals series to a one-game confrontation for each round.
After the Red Bulls lost their aggregate-goals series in the Eastern Conference final to Atlanta United Thursday night, 3-1, they all but confirmed the new format has been settled.
“The aggregate and stuff like that is tough,” midfielder Tyler Adams said. “I know in MLS next season there will be some changes and I think that it’s going to be one-game elimination. Which, in our favor, we would have played every game at home this year. You look at the system and the way the league is set up, and it’s not easy to be successful. A lot of times it’s not necessarily a team that’s hot throughout the whole season that comes away with the Cup.”
During his post-game press conference, head coach Chris Armas indicated that the league was going to change to a one-and-done playoff format starting next year.