What's the best MLS playoff format?

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What is the ideal MLS playoff format?
Wednesday March 2nd, 2016

The new MLS season is days away, and 20 teams will kick off the long road to the playoffs, where 12 will contend for MLS Cup. 

There is plenty of consternation about the MLS playoffs. Is the current format the best one to showcase a season's worth of work? Do the top seeds get rewarded enough for their accomplishment over the course of 34 games? Do too many teams make the postseason?

SI's Grant Wahl polled a number of coaches on what they think could be tweaked or whether they think the current system is fine as is, with the New York Red Bulls' Jesse Marsch suggesting something that would certainly give the top seeds a decided advantage. Watch his and the rest of his colleagues' responses in the video above.

Watch the rest of our series of interview questions for MLS coaches and executives:

Can promotion-relegation work in American soccer?

Will MLS really be one of the world's best leagues by 2022?

What's a lost art in the way soccer is played today?

What are you most proud of in MLS's 20 years?

What one soccer law would you change?

Which city should receive an MLS expansion team?

Should MLS implement instant replay, and to what extent?

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