Diego Valeri Times Square promotes MLS Season Pass.

Former Portland Timbers great Diego Valeri (right) conducts an interview on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in front of a new 3D billboard in New York City's Times Square.

MLS playoffs grow to 18 teams — Major League Soccer on Tuesday, Feb. 21 announced its playoff format for 2023.

It’s one that, in our opinion, will test the mental and physical health of players and one that will test the commitment of fans during the regular season.

Paul Danzer is a sports reporter based in Portland, Ore.

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