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The Insider is "The Cure" for your end-of-the-week blues (hilarious, I know).

Some final thoughts before the weekend:

The USL, American soccer's lower divisions, has unveiled one-table scheduling for its top two leagues and the playoff rewards for finishing at the top during the regular season. Are you listening, MLS?

USL1's 11 teams will play 30 games apiece -- three against each of the other 10 clubs. The top seven sides head to the playoffs, with the first-place team receiving a bye into the semifinals. The first round involves two-leg aggregate scoring. The lowest surviving seed plays the first-place club in the semis.

USL2's 10 teams will play 20 matches -- two against each of the other clubs and the remainder based on geography. The top two finishers are rewarded with a bye into the semifinals, while the other four playoff teams compete for the final two slots. (Pittsburgh returns to the league next year and Real Maryland, based in Montgomery County, has been added. New Hampshire and Cincinnati dropped to PDL.)

Makes sense, yes?

As for this weekend, NCAA soccer continues with the women's quarterfinals and the men's round of 16, including Maryland-Bradley on Saturday at 6 p.m. in College Park and Virginia Tech-Old Dominion on Sunday at 1 in Blacksburg.

If you are planning to attend the Terps game, dress very warm.

By Steve Goff  |  November 30, 2007; 2:37 PM ET
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