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November 10, 2011 at 1:19 PM

2012 season will be 34 games with an unbalanced schedule

MLS Logo.jpgMLS commissioner Don Garber held a leaguewide conference call this afternoon. Part of the activities included announcing the 2011 MLS Best XI, which I’ve mentioned in the post below.

The main news, though news that has been expected, is that the 2012 league season will consist of 34 games and the schedule will be unbalanced. Garber expects it to be finalized and released by mid-December or early January at the latest.

Part of the new schedule will include an emphasis on rivalries, which presumably means more games between Cascadia Rivals — Sounders FC, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

When asked if that change might dilute the rivalries, Garber said he didn’t think it would and that it won’t be a big shift.

There were plenty of other issues covered in the roughly hour-long conference call. I’ll come back with more updates later today after Kasey Keller holds his last group interview of the season.

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