New York Red Bulls star Juan Pablo Angel admits Columbus Crew have been the premier team in MLS this year. Ahead of New York's semifinal with Real Salt Lake, the former Aston Villa striker admits he still can't get used to MLS's playoffs system.

Colombia international Angel said: "Of course I respect the rules of the league, but this year the Columbus Crew was the best team in the league for the whole year and no one knows what's going to happen.

"They might not win a championship. It's strange, but that's the way it is and you have to adjust, although I might not agree."