Monday, January 17, 2011

More Revealed on the USL Pro Playoffs

Today an article was posted on the USL Pro's website, revealing a little more on the format of the playoffs for the upcoming season. The playoffs for the brand new league will consist of 8 teams. All of the details on the format have been decided, but has not been revealed yet.

I am not so sure about what we have learned so far. Having 8 teams has its advantages and disadvantages. When you have half of any league getting into the postseason, you can get into some peculiar positions. For example, you can have teams that don't really deserve to be in the playoffs, in the playoffs. Losing records, and teams getting in and then getting annihilated by a higher team can happen, though this is less common in a proffesional league, where many of the teams are at the same level.

But all the problems set aside, the main reason that I would like to have an 8 team playoff is that it gets a little more exciting. It can let a middle of the table team get in and get a little more fan support, and more recognition. And of course more support means more money, and more money means a better team. And if we have all of these high level teams that can afford better players, the league will be better overall.

Though we don't know all of the information about this new playoff system, the announcement is expected by the end of the week. It will be revealed on the USL's website, and expect analysis right after announcement right here. Any comments or questions? You can reach me at my e-mail at

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