MLS: No desire for promotion-relegation
Major League Soccer has no intention to institute promotion and
relegation and will not eliminate conferences to match other
leagues in the world.
Speaking Thursday with the Associated Press Sports Editors, MLS
President Mark Abbott said ”promotion-relegation is not something
we’re looking at.”
”I don’t see that in the future, certainly in any reasonable
future for us,” he said.
MLS expanded to 18 teams this year with the addition of Portland
and Vancouver, and Montreal will join in 2012. Abbott said as the
league gets bigger, it may not keep a balanced schedule. Because of
its desire to promote regional rivalries, MLS is not interested in
the so-called ”single table” schedule used by other
The MLS also will keep its March-to-November schedule and not
align with soccer’s international calendar, which runs from August