TORONTO (AP) — Major League Soccer will expand its finals series to a 10-team format next season and will investigate aligning its schedule with football's international calendar.
Commissioner Don Garber made the announcement at Sunday's 15th MLS Cup game in Toronto between the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas.
Garber says next year's playoff format has yet to be determined, but the goal is to avoid a repeat of this season, when two Western Conference teams (Colorado and San Jose) met in the Eastern Conference championship. Six of the eight playoff qualifiers this year came from the West.
The league will grow to 18 teams next season when Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia, join the competition.