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GD10
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Monday October 14, 2013 4:43pm

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SBI reporting MLS is in discussions to move the schedule to a July/August start to a May finish and there will be a 8 week break in the schedule during the winter. Thoughts anyone?

admsghs27
Post #2
Monday October 14, 2013 4:50pm

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Nope wont happen... All rumors..

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #3
Monday October 14, 2013 4:53pm

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Good and bad...Good because getting us on the same page as the vast majority of the footballing world is never a bad thing...Bad because our unique schedule means that MLS players are hitting what should be their peak fitness level around the same time that we'd need to head off to the World Cup or the Gold Cup or what have you.

skangles
DC
Post #4
Monday October 14, 2013 4:57pm

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Bad in that it would compete head to head with the NFL, NBA and NHL instead of largely just the MLB. I would rather they just take a break when the US or Canada plays and of that means extending the current season or starting earlier so be it. I personally really like watching the MLS in the summer.

GD10
Post #5
Monday October 14, 2013 4:57pm

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What would it mean for our USMNT January Camp would we still have it?

MSantoine
Post #6
Monday October 14, 2013 5:09pm

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This was proposed in 2010. I hope they dont do it. Imagine some of the Canadian staiums, NE, Columbus, Phile, DC, NY all outdoors through the whole winter. No one will want to go to the game. Right now the season is very family friendly. Kids are home in the summer, its nice weather. Its a great way for parents to take their children. MLS would make a huge mistake in changing to a European schedule. We should break for FIFA dates, and if that adds a couple midweek games so be it. They know ahead of time who is in CCL. Those teams should be exempt and non-CCL teams pick up a couple mid week games in the summer to make up for it. In gold cup years you pick up extra games in May, August, Sept.

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #7
Monday October 14, 2013 5:20pm

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Original post from skangles

Bad in that it would compete head to head with the NFL, NBA and NHL instead of largely just the MLB. I would rather they just take a break when the US or Canada plays and of that means extending the current season or starting earlier so be it. I personally really like watching the MLS in the summer.


whoa, didn't even think about that aspect of it...I think that we'd need to really establish soccer as a major sport in this country before we could go head-to-head with the "big boys" of US sports.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #8
Monday October 14, 2013 6:30pm

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If they do that then they will kill all of the momentum MLS and soccer is building in this country. I love MLS in the summer months while culminating with MLS Cup in the first week of December.

I really don't see happening.

First at the beginning of the season MLS will be competing with NFL and College Football. Then come October and November MLS will have to contend with not only NFL and College Football but the start of NHL and NBA. Then at the end of the season, MLS playoffs will be happening at the same time NBA playoffs and NHL playoffs are happening.

I really think the MLS schedule should stay the same as is right now with only a few tweaks.

admsghs27
Post #9
Monday October 14, 2013 6:34pm

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If it does happen it will lead to the demise of mls.. 5 yrs or so the league will collapse just like nfl europe, afl.. I wouldnt even go to games in the winter, specially when their competing with other sports such as nfl, nba, nhl, mlb playoffs.. Keep it the way it is.. Just reduce the season by a couple games.. and apply the fifa break..

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #10
Monday October 14, 2013 7:28pm

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Only problem I have are the international dates. Set them straight with the FIFA dates. Plus all teams are full strength when it ends.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #11
Monday October 14, 2013 7:38pm

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It'll help get the European imports, ultimately making the MLS a better quality product.

MSantoine
Post #12
Monday October 14, 2013 7:44pm

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Original post from richieJkulesaNY

It'll help get the European imports, ultimately making the MLS a better quality product.


No it wont. Why would it change anything? If anything it would hurt Euros from coming over. Currently they could sign deals that guarentee them offseason loans if they want. They can double dip the salary, and pick and chose a UCL team. Like what Beckham did last year. Then they can take it easy the beginning of the season (like Donovan did) and still get a quasi offseason. If we change to their schedule if they come to MLS they get zero chance at UCL, where right now they can transfer over and get some games.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #13
Monday October 14, 2013 8:12pm

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Original post from MSantoine

No it wont. Why would it change anything? If anything it would hurt Euros from coming over. Currently they could sign deals that guarentee them offseason loans if they want. They can double dip the salary, and pick and chose a UCL team. Like what Beckham did last year. Then they can take it easy the beginning of the season (like Donovan did) and still get a quasi offseason. If we change to their schedule if they come to MLS they get zero chance at UCL, where right now they can transfer over and get some games.


I dont know all the specifics of contracts, but thats not a desired situation. If a high quality player has UCL aspirations, he's not coming to the MLS no matter what the schedule is. BUT, it will absolutely help get better players from Europe to the MLS. Even sports agents are saying it.

MSantoine
Post #14
Monday October 14, 2013 8:51pm

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Original post from richieJkulesaNY

I dont know all the specifics of contracts, but thats not a desired situation. If a high quality player has UCL aspirations, he's not coming to the MLS no matter what the schedule is. BUT, it will absolutely help get better players from Europe to the MLS. Even sports agents are saying it.


Again look at Dempsey when he came over here. He signed a contract which guarenteed him a winter transfer to team of his choice (since singing contract hes struggled but thats not the point, or the case when contract was signed). He signed the contract like that to do both. Play in MLS, and play in some Europa/UCL matches. Again, Beckham did the same thing last year. Id love to know how changing it will attract better players. So they can play in worse weather? Play in front of less fans? Travel more miles by plane? What sport agent or soccer player has come out and said this would be a good move for the players?

skangles
DC
Post #15
Monday October 14, 2013 9:51pm

Joined Jan 2013
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How does the opportunity to play in Montreal in February attract anybody to the MLS? Montreal is a great city even in February but they built the underground city for a reason!

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