2020 Schedule Thread

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ZYanksRule

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MLS has never played a balanced schedule. I really don't understand how this changes the Supporters' Shield even a little bit. This is not a double-round robin league. They'll probably rotate which Western Conference teams we face each year so that every team faces every other team at least 3 out of every 4 years or something like that. This is much ado about nothing. The best teams will still almost always win or be in contention for the Shield.

And while the Shield is a notable trophy, it's still nowhere near as valued as MLS Cup. It has the same import as in the NHL. A nice thing to win, but not the ultimate prize and virtually meaningless if you don't go on to win the MLS Cup.
 
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Nashville probably moves back East next year when Austin and Sacramento join. This is just a one-year annoyance for them to maintain the same amount of teams in each conference.
huh? but if you move chicago west and nashville east, it's a like-for-like swap
 
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huh? but if you move chicago west and nashville east, it's a like-for-like swap
You don't need to do anything with Chicago. We currently have 13 in each conference. Add Austin and Sacramento to the West, and it has 15 to 13 in the East. So you flip Nashville East and have 14-14.
 

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You don't need to do anything with Chicago. We currently have 13 in each conference. Add Austin and Sacramento to the West, and it has 15 to 13 in the East. So you flip Nashville East and have 14-14.
We're talking about this season, it would have made more sense to have nashville in the east and move chicago west for one season.
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Next season you move chicago back, that's fine.
 

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You don't need to do anything with Chicago. We currently have 13 in each conference. Add Austin and Sacramento to the West, and it has 15 to 13 in the East. So you flip Nashville East and have 14-14.
you forgot St. louis.
 
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It'll probably be for two seasons if the Carolina 2021 rumor plays out.

Next year would be Carolina in East and Austin in West, following year would add Sacramento and St. Louis in the West and move Nashville to the East, finally bringing together the five Southeast teams.
 

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Below is from two pages ago, and it remains a good summary of my thoughts on the subject.
I would expect Nashville to flip back to the East in 2021 when Austin joins, and stay there when Sacramento and St. Louis join the following year. That would have 13 in the West and 14 in the East in 2021 and then 15 West and 14 East in 2022.

Of course, the league could further subdivide in either of those years too.

Chicago frankly makes a lot more sense in the West than Nashville, but I assume the league did not want them to flip away from their traditional home for only one year.
Upcoming Expansion
2020: Miami and Nashville
2021: Austin
2022: St. Louis and Sacramento

Unknown - Charlotte
 
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Fantazma

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I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a schedule released in fragments ? Most sports leagues release a full fixture list at once .
mls has done this for a while now. they release "home openers" to get hype i guess. even though the schedule is probably already done anyway. what sucks is we wait like a month to get the whole thing. this year it may be less time since the season starts like a week earlier.