- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 30, 2010
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- 2010 MLS Cup, 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs
So the league sends out these lovely emails each week with quotes, stats, and all kinds of goodies. This week’s had some fun figures about teams who qualify for the playoffs and how they started off the year. I mentioned last week that a good start goes a long way, especially now when more teams in the league. Its tougher to reach the post season now more than its ever been.
Anyways, teams that qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs over the first 14 seasons of MLS have a 52-36-24 record in their season openers (.571 winning percentage). Teams that failed to make the playoffs are 11-30-11 to kick off their campaigns (.317).
Further more the league breaks it down with this:
83 percent of the teams that won their openers qualified for the playoffs (52 of 63)
54 percent of the teams that lost their openers qualified for the playoffs (36 of 66)
69 percent of the teams that tied their openers qualified for the playoffs (24 of 35)
Want to find out who will likely win MLS Cup this year? Teams that ended up winning MLS Cup are 10-3-1 in their season opener. So you can pretty much figure it will be either Seattle, Columbus, Colorado, Kansas City, LA, Salt Lake or New York. Not to say one of the other clubs that failed to get three points won’t be there at the end but this stat seems to tell you something at least.
Of the three who lost their season opener, the first MLS Cup champion D.C. back in 1996, the 2005 Galaxy and last year’s champion Real Salt Lake.