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Why playoffs don't work in American soccer

Ep. 1529

Some argue that "American soccer should do American soccer in its own unique American way." What is the American way, anyway, when it comes to soccer? A long regular season of meaningless games followed by playoffs to crown a champion. We take a closer look at the pros and cons of the playoffs, how they came about, and why they don't work in American soccer. We also offer ideas for what a better system would be, and what the main reason is why playoffs exist in the first place.

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