Sorry I’m late getting to this, but the MLS board of governors has approved new tiebreakers for the end of the 2012 regular season. The decision was made earlier this year in hopes to spur attacking play leaguewide, but the announcement didn’t come until last week (when I was on vacation).
Ties in the standings will now be broken in the following order:
1. Goal scored
2. Goal differential
3. Fewest disciplinary points
4. Road goals
5. Road goal-differential
6. Home goals
7. Home goal-differential
8. Coin toss (two teams) or drawing of lots (three or more)
Head-to-head will no longer be used as a tiebreaker due to the league’s shift to an unbalanced schedule. As a reminder, the top five teams in each conference make the playoffs (more details available here).
Here’s a rough postseason schedule:
First-round knockout (No. 4 vs. No. 5) — October 31 or November 1
Conference semifinals (two legs) — November 3/4 and November 7/8
Conference finals (two legs) — November 10/11 and November 17/18
MLS Cup (hosted by the team with the best record) — December 1
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Any thoughts on the changes?