- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 16, 2009
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- 2010 MLS Schedule, 2010 World Cup
News that may finally get some folks off the MLS front office executive’s backs for a little bit. Today the league announced that next year’s schedule would include a two week break during the World Cup in South Africa.
The two week break will be during the group phase of the World Cup starting June 11 through the June 25. MLS does not plan to schedule games on the days of either World Cup Semifinal nor the World Cup Final.
“The decision to stop League play during the group phase of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is part of MLS’ commitment to deepen its connection with the millions of soccer fans in the United States and Canada,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “The World Cup will be a focal point for all MLS fans and several MLS players will compete with their national teams at the tournament.”
The league also announced something that most of us expected all along for next year since the league would be at an even 16 clubs with Philadelphia joining the fold. We will now have a balanced schedule with clubs facing one another twice, one home and one away.
And another nugget the league dropped on us the season will start March 25 and run through October 24. The MLS Cup Playoffs will culminate in the championship match, MLS Cup 2010, on November 21.
Back to the short break in action next year though. A lot of folks have been hammering MLS for not breaking during big international dates but it looks like the league was able to finally be able to get some time off during the sport’s most important tournament.