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SINGLE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT

What could be done is award the Conference Championships based of the regular season records. Then award the Conference Champions first round byes and the conference champ that wins the supporters shield an easier path to MLS Cup finals. This would allow for 13 clubs total to make the playoffs.
See bracket example attached.



24. FC Cincinnati ('19)
25. Inter Miami ('20)
26 Nashville SC ('20)
27. Austin FC ('21)

28. Saint Louis Soccer Club
29. Sacramento Republic FC
30. Indy XI
 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlanta United FC
DC United
Montreal Impact
New England Revolution
New York City FC
New York Red Bulls
Orlando City SC
Philadelphia Union
Inter Miami
Carolinas/Queen City

CENTRAL CONFERENCE
Chicago Fire
Toronto FC
MN United FC
Saint Louis FC
Austin FC
Crew 96
FC Cincinnati
FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo
Nashville SC


WESTERN CONFERENCE
Sporting Kansas City
Colorado Rapids
LA Galaxy
LAFC
Portland Timbers
Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
Seattle Sounders FC
Sac Republic FC
Vancouver Whitecaps
 

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EXPANSION EVENTUALLY TO 32 TEAMS

NORTHEAST:
1. DC United
2. Philadelphia Union
3. New York City FC
4. New York Red Bulls
5. New England Revolution
6. Toronto FC
7. Montreal Impact
8. Carolinas/Queen City
Contenders: Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Rochester, Detroit

SOUTHEAST:
1. Atlanta United
2. Nashville SC
3. Inter Miami CF
4. Orlando City SC
5. FC Dallas
6. Houston Dynamo
7. Austin FC
8. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Contenders: Birmingham, Jacksonville, New Orleans, San Antonio FC

CENTRAL:
1. FC Cincinnati
2. Columbus Crew
3. Chicago Fire
4. Minnesota United
5. Sporting Kansas City
6. Saint Louis FC
7. Colorado Rapids
8. Real Salt Lake
Contenders: Omaha, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Louisville, Indy XI

WEST:
1. LA Galaxy
2. Los Angeles FC
3. Seattle Sounders
4. Portland Timbers
5. Vancouver Whitecaps
6. San Jose Earthquakes
7. Sacramento Republic
8. Las Vegas Lights
Contenders: Albuquerque, Phoenix, San Diego, Riverside, San Francisco
 
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