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How Messi's Miami and the rest of MLS can make the playoffs

The playoff push in MLS is on! Well, sort of.

Some teams have just six matches left in the regular season, while others have as many as eight games remaining.

MLS announced a new playoff format this season: the top nine teams from each conference qualify, although there are big incentives to finish in the top seven and miss the wild-card round or, even better, in the top four to host two games in the newly designed round one, which will be played as a best-of-three series. The conference semifinals, conference finals and MLS Cup are all one-off games hosted by the higher seed.