Buzz Carrick over at 3rd Degree got the news from FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman, who spoke to reporters after training Wednesday. Here’s the money quote, which appears to break some big news before a league announcement:
Coach Hyndman says the move is about the added games in the MLS season that have come about with expansion. “The roster is going to be extended,” Hyndman told the assembled media at FCD training on Wednesday. “We’re at a twenty four man roster, and with home grown players we’ve put ourselves really at a twenty six man roster, and next year it’s going to be a thirty man roster. So our league was very sensitive to the fact that we’re going to ask you to do more games but we want you to have more players. For a team like Dallas, who really counts on our homegrown players to be part of a 30-man roster, I think it helps. Now we’re giving more games to our younger players as well.”
Considering the schedule bump to 34 games, coupled with the roster issues teams have had this season — especially Sounders FC, with the injuries and three competitions — this isn’t a huge surprise. It will be interesting to see how much more cap space teams get for next year as well.
What do you think of the news?