Somehow, the Los Angeles Galaxy lost its playoff game against the Seattle Sounders, but is still advancing to the MLS Cup. I don’t rightly understand how this works. Seems to me if you lose a playoff game, you should get knocked out of the playoffs. Oh, I’m sure that the rule was announced in advance and everyone knew if L.A. got at least one goal that would be enough under the system.
And, hey, I’m glad my home-town team gets a shot at the championship and all, and it’s kind of cool to think that David Beckham’s last game will be played here in L.A. for a championship even if it is the U.S. professional league (sort of a step down from the European leagues, but come on, the guy’s 37, a venerable old age for a soccer player). I guess. I don’t watch MLS on TV or anything. I catch an Italian Serie A game or a matchup between the USMNT and some other national team now and again.
But a playoff seeding system that lets a team lose but still advance — or that sees a team win but nevertheless get knocked out of advancement — just doesn’t seem right to me.