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adam

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It's Tzom Gedaliah, you schmegegge.
Sure, if you google it. But it’s only a phonetic spelling of the original Hebrew, which has an oo/u sound. So my spelling helps people pronounce it correctly. Here’s the Hebrew if you want to get technical. (Thats a shurek, not a cholem vuv after the tzadik.)

צום גדליה
 

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Think he'd start him knowing he's only going 20 to gel with starters and set the tone, rather then save him towards the end when the game's tone is already set and they could be chasing/holding onto a goal? I'd rather he starts if we're really prepping for the playoffs.
I get the logic, and I wouldn't hate that if we already were locked in 3rd, but since we can still reasonably be on the road for the knockout round, we take this game seriously. In any serious game, you never start someone you know can't go at least 45, let alone a fraction of that.
 

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Think he'd start him knowing he's only going 20 to gel with starters and set the tone, rather then save him towards the end when the game's tone is already set and they could be chasing/holding onto a goal? I'd rather he starts if we're really prepping for the playoffs.
You never start a player who is only good for 20 mins or so. You want to establish rhythm and not test someone and sub.

Yangel will help whether holding on or chasing a goal.
 

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The MLS hype ma chine going all out to promote this game:

Remember NYCFC? They've been off for three weeks and with a game at Audi Field coming up, we'll likely see some combination of tired D.C. and rusty NYCFC. Will it show in the action? Tune in to find out.​

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/10/16/mls-power-rankings-dc-united-reach-season-high

Well, I guess honesty is to be appreciated.
This one is ripe for narratives.

DC wins - DC has been in the groove playing many games at home lately, and NYC is rusty having 3 weeks off
NYC wins - DC is too tired from playing too many games and NYC was well-rested with a nice 3 week break
 

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TBH, if MLS was sensible regular season would be over before the international break. Playoffs would be over before Nov break. MLS Cup some time Thanksgiving weekend
So is the sensible option to (1) start the season in early/mid February, (2) play fewer games, (3) have more double game weeks, or (4) play more games during the spring/summer international breaks? Or is it some particular combination of the above?
 

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So is the sensible option to (1) start the season in early/mid February, (2) play fewer games, (3) have more double game weeks, or (4) play more games during the spring/summer international breaks? Or is it some particular combination of the above?
The ideal is...

1) No games during international breaks
- Teams avoid missing players for possible key matches
2) Shorten the playoffs to all single knockout bracket
- Season could wrap up before November FIFA window
3) Maybe less regular season games
- Depending on number of teams in the league and how you want the calendar to work with FIFA windows
- Considering FC Cincinnati is entering the league in the East, we're no longer playing New Jersey or Orlando 3 times a year, given one of those games will be needed for a home and away with Cincy if the league sticks with 34 regular season games
 
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So is the sensible option to (1) start the season in early/mid February, (2) play fewer games, (3) have more double game weeks, or (4) play more games during the spring/summer international breaks? Or is it some particular combination of the above?
Like LionNYC LionNYC said I think you go to single game elimination. I think there is some value starting the season earlier to avoid playing on international breaks. It could also help our CCL teams get into the swing of things earlier. We have enough teams in warm weather cities and/or domes to play in February.

I also wonder how much of the MLS schedule snafus are self inflicited due to inefficiency. Maybe MLS needs invest some money on a quant genius to figure this out.

If we look at 2019 calendar with the intentions of ending the regular season Oct 7th, we have 28 playable weeks by excluding the 3 intl breaks which would mean 6 midweek games. Two weeks of February decreases that to 4 midweek games. This season we have had 7 midweek games.
 

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Like LionNYC LionNYC said I think you go to single game elimination. I think there is some value starting the season earlier to avoid playing on international breaks. It could also help our CCL teams get into the swing of things earlier. We have enough teams in warm weather cities and/or domes to play in February.

I also wonder how much of the MLS schedule snafus are self inflicited due to inefficiency. Maybe MLS needs invest some money on a quant genius to figure this out.

If we look at 2019 calendar with the intentions of ending the regular season Oct 7th, we have 28 playable weeks by excluding the 3 intl breaks which would mean 6 midweek games. Two weeks of February decreases that to 4 midweek games. This season we have had 7 midweek games.
Add to that, the February matches are played in warm climate locations. Those teams get the advantage to start the season at home, cold climate teams have reverse advantage end of season.

Edit: to add, clubs need more home matches than a 28 game schedule allows so I see no problem with a few more midweek games.

single game playoff rounds put a real emphasis on finishing high to get the home matches (extra gate receipts and home field advantage).
 
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