Whoa! Sorry, super-annoying Sounder fans! Not meaning to piss in your Cappuccino, but some stories just write themselves, like this one about the MLS playoffs that ran in today's Times.
With a playoff ticket already punched, Sounders FC players and coaches can finally rest easy looking ahead. Due to a convoluted MLS postseason setup, however, the view is a bit foggy.
Of the eight playoff berths, four go to the top two teams in each conference and four go to wild-card teams. But with more strong teams in the Western Conference, there are several inequities in the projected bracket. The three teams with the league's best records -- L.A. Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas -- are in the West. Only one can go to the MLS Cup. Conversely, the last teams into the field could have an easier road to a championship going through the weaker East.
Complex? Yes. Confusing? Definitely.
"I have no idea what the hell is going on with this thing," said Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller.
Ever heard of a professional player in any sport who had no idea how his or her playoffs were supposed to work? Me neither.