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Five thoughts on the MLS playoffs

Updated: November 8, 2011, 4:16 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

Where have all the low seeds gone? Home, of course -- most of them, anyway. After last year's bracket-busting bonanza that saw the higher seed triumph just twice in seven attempts, a smidgen of sanity and predictability has returned to the crapshoot that is the MLS playoffs. This year, the higher seed has prevailed in five of the eight playoff matchups.

Yet the ghost of low-seeded champions hasn't been exorcised just yet. It turns out one interloper remains. Sure, Houston was the No. ...

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