By adding the knockout playoff game in 2012, MLS may have created a system where just making the playoffs is no longer enough.
Does half a playoff spot make an MLS season?
The MLS Rookie of the Year race
With Tesho Akindele scoring a hat trick for FC Dallas, the 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year race gets another strong candidate.
Is FC Dallas the best team in MLS?
FC Dallas is playing great soccer in a Western Conference full of MLS Cup contenders.