MLS Conferences Realign! Timbers to Rule Western Conference???
In case you haven’t heard, it’s official, the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps will be in the Western Conference, and the Houston Dynamo will move over to the Eastern Conference to accommodate the new franchises and keep things balanced. Click for the full story on MLS.com.
League officials on Friday announced the highly awaited plans for conference realignment with the inclusion of expansion sides Portland and Vancouver, and the Houston Dynamo will make the shift from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.
Both conferences will carry nine teams for the 2011 season, and teams will play each other twice as part of the league’s new balanced 34-game schedule.
Scheduling and the structure of the MLS has long been an issue for many fans. There are some who feel going with a single-table is only true way to determine a champion and there are those who argue that the MLS must go with conferences to have success. Where do you stand on the issue? Also, there’s the debate over whether the MLS should keep a balanced schedule or if it’ll even be possible for the league to do so down the road.
I fall on the side keeping the conferences. There are financial reasons why playing an unbalanced schedule within conferences is the way to go, but also, I think it does help to create rivalries and it’s what people in America are used to and will buy into as well. Truly, I don’t think it matters all that much, but conferences certainly seem like the way it’s going to be whether fans like it or not….
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