MLS Moving To Unbalanced Schedule In 2012

MLS Moving To Unbalanced Schedule In 2012

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 19, 2011
  • 2012 MLS Season, Features

Next year will certainly be interesting in Major League Soccer. SBNation is reporting this afternoon that the league intends on returning to an unbalanced schedule in 2012 with the addition of Montreal as the league’s 19th club.

Anyone paying attention to the current crop of season-ticket renewal requests that have been sent out in recent weeks has probably noticed that teams are moving forward with the assumption that they will play 17 home league games. That would obviously equate to a 34-game regular-season schedule. With 19 teams in MLS in 2012, it all points directly to an unbalanced schedule.

Conference alignments should shift, though not like we’re seeing in college football at the moment. Montreal entering the league will likely mean the one year experiment in the Eastern Conference for the Houston Dynamo will come to an end. With the league expecting to expand to New York for club number 20, the Dynamo’s tenure in the East was always expected to be short.

This will also mark the first time that every MLS team will not visit and host every other MLS team at least once in a season.