Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
On the subject of the domestic league, I understand why MLS has resisted calls to move to the international calender, but it's ridiculous that they've got matches scheduled during the qualifications.
If they want to be taken seriously as a top-flight league, they should at least go dark for WCQs.
I disagree with that. Plenty of other nations play March-November schedules. All but the very top leagues could play during WCQ weeks. It's really only the superteams that lose a big chunk of their roster to national team service. The Africa Nations Cup is far more disruptive to France and England than WCQs are to MLS teams and they manage to muddle through.
Also, MLS plays in the upper regions of North America. It gets cold here. I know I'm not overly enthused at the idea of seeing an MLS game in February. However, I really enjoyed the game I went to in August. The MLS schedule is fan friendly and I wouldn't chuck that for the sake of conformity. And I say that as someone who does argue for MLS to conform in other areas of league setup. Yet the time of year when MLS plays is fine by me, preferable in fact.