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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

MLS to Break During Group Play of 2010 FIFA World Cup...

No, this isn't college soccer related but it is music to my ears. I just got a press release from MLS saying the following:

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today that for the first time in its history, MLS will not play League games during the group phase of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The group phase includes the first 48 games of the 64-game tournament that begins on June 11, 2010 in South Africa. The last MLS game prior to the World Cup will be played on June 10 and MLS will not schedule any additional League games until after the group phase concludes on June 25. MLS does not plan to schedule games on the days of either World Cup Semifinal nor the World Cup Final.


It is about time! Now they need to figure out that other international dates when the US team is in action should be off limits. But I'll take what I can get for now.

Another nice little gem:
MLS clubs to play each opponent twice in balanced 2010 regular season


Hopefully they don't schedule the games back-to-back the way the Rapids are playing against Toronto twice in a row and then San Jose twice in a row. Balance the schedule from front to back MLS!

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4 Comments:

  • College soccer started 2 weeks ago, and there's been one post - relaying MLS news. What gives? Is the blog dead? Should I stop checking it?

    By Anonymous Tim, at 9:11 AM  

  • It seems like the smartest move would be for the MLS to move their season to the months directly following the World Cup in order to build on the interest generated in the sport by the event. Considering the season is still only 30 games (i'm not a big MLS fan, but it seems like this would mean a 10-15 week schedule, so roughly 3-4 months), if the league was to start play in late June/early July, the majority of the season would go without competition (beside the MLB, which tests as a common-interest sport for soccer fans). You would have the NFL start when the late/post-season rolled around, but statistics show that NFL fans aren't really interested in soccer anyway so the MLS fan base would still be un-conflicted.

    By Anonymous jbohinc, at 11:35 AM  

  • Make sure that you work with your players to keep their head up when they are dribbling. Watching their feet is a horrible habit to get into, and it will hamper your players development in other areas of the game.

    By Anonymous Professional Sports Fan, at 10:48 PM  

  • well do not worry about that dear blogger, I am such a fan of soccer no matter if it is college soccer, amateur or professional, it's soccer, you got me? and I ten to follow the press release on MLS to know the market and how I can make money through a pay per head company

    By Blogger joseph burrell, at 12:50 PM  

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