Everybody likes more soccer, right?
That’s exactly what we’ll get in 2011, as the Major League Soccer regular season schedule will run from March 19 to October 22 and expand from the current 30-game format to 34 regular season games. It’ll be the longest MLS regular season schedule ever, as clubs have never played more than 32 regular season games in years past.
Of course, the schedule change is made in conjunction with the addition of two more expansion teams for the 2011 season, both in the Pacific Northwest. The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps will join the league, bringing the count up to 18 teams.
We’ve had the chance to see the Revs play quite a few games this season, including a pair of international friendlies and multiple SuperLiga matches (even a semifinal and final), but there’s simply nothing to compare with the atmosphere created when rival MLS teams meet on the field of play. More of that can only be a good thing.
Like everyone else, Revolution Chief Operating Officer Brian Bilello is looking forward to what next year will bring …
“Across the league, our fans have stated that they want their season ticket packages to include more games against league opponents and fewer games against outside teams. Increasing the schedule to 34 games allows teams to showcase more league opponents, and ultimately give our fans more of what they want.”
So how does this change affect you, Revolution fans? Well, for starters, the 18-game season ticket packages will now include 17 regular-season games and one special event, meaning more live regular-season soccer right here in Foxborough.
What are your thoughts on the league’s move to a 34-game schedule?