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MLS releases new playoff tiebreakers and salary regulations


With the 2014 season less than 24 hours from kickoff, Major League soccer has released important information regarding rules and regulations.

First and foremost, tiebreaker rules in a number of scenarios have changed slightly.

While each conference’s top 5 teams still qualify for the playoffs (no surprise), tiebreakers for the final spot often come into play.  The league has reversed the 2nd and 3rd tiebreakers.

The lead tiebreaker for a playoff spot remains most wins in the season, but the #2 tiebreaker is now goal differential, swapping places with the now-#3 tiebreaker goals scored.

MLS made a change in the 2-leg playoff series as well.  Seeding of teams will still occur, but if aggregate goals scored is tied following a pair of 90-minute legs at each team’s home field, the MLS playoffs will now follow the away goals tiebreaker.

This, according to the rules release, is to “be consistent with CONCACAF and FIFA practice.”

Many have taken shots at the use of away goals, saying it will diminish the importance of seeding due to a reduction of home field advantage.  There will be no choice given to the higher seed concerning which leg would come first.

You can read the full 2014 competition rules and regulations release here.

Finally, there was the announcement of this year’s salary limits.  The salary cap will balloon to $3.1 million, up from $2.9 million and essentially consistent with the required 5% increase.

In addition, Designated Player contracts will now count $387,500 towards the salary cap, up from $350,000. A Designated Player signed in the middle of the season will count $193,750 towards the salary cap.

You can read the full 2014 salary and roster regulations here.

Miss of the season candidate as Correa whiffs for Sampdoria

GENOA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jaoquin Correa of UC Sampdoria disappointed during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and AS Roma at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 23, 2015 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
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21-year-old Joaquin Correa may be young and inexperienced, but he may have grown today.

Painful growth.

The young Sampdoria attacker will not want to watch the highlights of today’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan in Serie A play knowing he could have given his side all three points.

Could have, had he – you know – hit an open goal from less than three yards out. Spoiler alert: he didn’t.

Correa rounds Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic thanks to a fruitful rebound after his initial shot was smothered, but as he turned to face the wide open net, he scuffed his shot and it trickled embarrassingly wide.

Not much more to say about this one than try to put it behind you, Joaquin. It’s an ugly one.

Watch Live: Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Lineups & Live Stream)

MONACO - OCTOBER 01:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur gestures during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tottenham can go third in the table with a road win today at one of the toughest places to play in the Premier League at the moment as they visit the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City at 11 a.m. ET live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Spurs are coming off a massive win over Manchester City last weekend – their third straight victory in league play – but will be without bright new signing Hueng-min Son for the forseeable future after he suffered a foot injury in the victory. Spurs then managed a stout 1-1 draw with Monaco in Europa League play.

They are also without Danny Rose from an injury in that midweek meeting and Nabil Bentalib misses his fourth straight match due to injury, but Deli Alli is fit while Moussa Dembele makes the bench. Erik Lamela is in the starting lineup as he finds himself in fine form the last few weeks.

WATCH LIVE: Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur live online at NBC Sports Live Extra

Swansea, meanwhile, have a fully fit squad eight matches into the Premier League season, and they would move into the top half of the table with a win.

Bafetimbi Gomis starts up front with four goals on the season, but he has not scored in his last three appearances, and conversely the Swans have picked up just one point over that span.


Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey, Ayew, Sigurdsson, Montero, Gomis.
Nordfeldt, Tabanou, Bartley, Cork, Barrow, Routledge, Eder.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Alli, Dier; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane.
Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Carroll, Dembele, Townsend, Clinton.