UPDATE 1:12 p.m. — The league release doesn’t specifically say it will be a balanced schedule upon second examination. That part is assumed.
Major League Soccer announced this morning that the league will expand to a 34-game schedule next season upon the arrival of the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps. Every team will presumably play home and away against all the others (why don’t we have a single table again?).
The season starts on March 19 (compared to March 25 this year) and ends October 22 (compared to October 23 this year). That’s 34 games in 32 weeks. Throw in the Open Cup, potentially the CONCACAF Champions League and a friendly or two and that is one crowded schedule.
Via the release: “The league also announced that it will not break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup or any other international competitions next year. In 2010 there was a two-week hiatus in MLS league play during the World Cup group stage.”
So what do you think?