Real Salt Lake will face FC Dallas in 1st round

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  • iRSLfan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    I don't think playoff system makes much sense the way it is right now. I think the league is trying to award the franchises that make the playoffs by giving them at least 1 home game. That kinda takes away the homefield advantage. If you're going to do a series give the higher seated team two home games.

  • matt4226 Holladay, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 2:58 p.m.

    Just Me

    The winner of a best of two series is determined by the aggregate score. For example if Real loses 1-0 in the first game at Dallas and then wins 2-0 at home we would win the series 2-1. If we only won the second game 1-0 the aggreagate score would be 1-1 and they would play two 15 minute overtime periods. If it is still tied they go to PKs to determine the winner.

    The second round is a single elimination game played at the stadium of the team who finished with the most points in the regular season. If the game ends in a tie two 15 minute overtime periods are played and then if the game is still tied PKs are used.

    The final round is a single elimination game played at a pre-detirmined site, like the Super Bowl. This year it will be played at BMO Field in Toronto. Ties are handled the same way as the 2nd round.

    Most leagues around the world don't have a postseason tournament. Instead they qualify for a regional tournament like the Champions league in Europe.

  • three11stu Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 2:40 p.m.

    Just Me:
    It is aggregate scoring. Just think of the game as 180 minutes instead of 90. After the game in Dallas, it will be half time. Then, after the game here in SLC, if it is still tied, it will go to overtime and then to penalties if needed.

  • Just Me SLC, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    I'm starting to like a soccer a bit, BUT

    HOW do you play best out of two???

    Seems silly if it"s a points thing in the play-offs

  • Deray Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    No puedo esperar! Real is going to beat Dallas twice, then win on points against LA, after that it doesn't matter, Real is the best team in MLS once again. I can't wait to be at the games. The crowds have been great. Be Loud, let's show the rest of the MLS what home field advantage is!

  • randal Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    Let's hope RSL got the kinks out of the system in Colorado. I predict tie Dallas in Dallas then win them in SLC. I predict LA to beat Seattle, we beat LA, then we meet either New York or Colorado in the MLS Cup. I'm already nervous.

  • matt4226 Holladay, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    I was glad to see that we weren't given the afternoon game on the home match on the 6th. Utah plays TCU at 1:30pm that same day and would have really hurt attendance if the games overlapped. There is a Jazz game at 7pm, but it is against the Clippers. I hope the extra week will be enough to sell out the stadium for this match.

    Finishing second may not be that bad in the end. Seattle is hottest team in the MLS right now and they travel very well. Dallas has lost their last two and they won't have their normal home field advantage, heat and humidity. I predict we advance to the Western Conference final against Seattle and since we host that game we win to advance to the MLS Cup final in Toronto against the surging Colorado Rapids.

  • GuitarGuy Layton, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    RSL has never played at Dallas in late October. I daresay 70 degrees and sunny will be MUCH easier to manage than 100 degrees and humid like many of our previous contests with FCD.

    I see a 1-1 draw in this one, with RSL crushing them 3-0 in the return leg. Vamos, Real!

  • Cobalt Herriman, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    We will see if a longer period of selling tickets gets a better crowd out. I think the last two years has brought a crowd of only 11 or 12 grand per game. At least this year the game isn't here on Halloween.
    Hopefully Seattle takes down LA so that we can get home field in the next round. Got to get by Dallas first naturally.
    My pre playoff final - Colorado vs. RSL

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2010 7:19 a.m.

    I hope we can get a result down in Dallas. We don't have a great history there.