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Columbus Crew SC has the easiest 2017 schedule in MLS

According to the rankings, the Black & Gold have the simplest path to the playoffs this year.

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

It was a rough year in 2016 for Columbus Crew SC, but according to our friends over at MLSSoccer.com, 2017 could be much better for the Black & Gold.

On Thursday, the site released the strength of schedule for each Major League Soccer team in the upcoming season. According to their metrics, Crew SC have the easiest path to the playoffs.

It should first be noted the small difference (0.13) between Columbus at the bottom and Vancouver Whitecaps FC one top.

Also, this metric cannot carry a ton of weight based on how it is constructed.

The strength of schedule is built on how teams performed a year ago and, as we’ve seen in MLS, there is very little carryover from one season to the next.

According to the metric, “Crew SC are helped by the fact that they don't have to travel to FC Dallas, who had the 2nd best home record in 2016, or Seattle or Portland. They also just make one trip to Red Bull Arena to play New York.”

While this shouldn’t impact your thoughts on how the season will go or if you should attend matches, it is interesting.

Now if the Black & Gold do well, you know why, and if the team struggles, you have something to yell about on social media.