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MLS tweaks 2012 playoff format

Updated: November 21, 2011, 8:48 AM ET
Associated Press

CARSON, Calif. -- Major League Soccer will have 10 playoff teams and more games between regional rivals under new competition policies in 2012.

MLS made several announcements about next season's schedule before Sunday's MLS Cup between Los Angeles and Houston.

Next year's MLS Cup will be hosted by the finalist with the most regular-season points, a long-rumored change from the league's tradition of neutral-site championship games.

After a regular season weighted for games ...

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