MLS playoff preview

MLS postseason promises upsets among final eight

October 28, 2009
By Jeff Carlisle
The MLS playoffs are an exercise in which lunacy often prevails. In the past five postseasons, the lower seeds have won their first-round series almost half the time. Top seeds have found the going especially rough, falling six out of ten times during this period. In fact, you have to go back to 2003, when Chicago and San Jose both triumphed, to find the last time that the No. 1 seed in each conference survived the first round.

So is there any reason to think that the favorites will prevail ...

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