We keep saying it … but only because it continues to be true: Major League Soccer has to more creatively think its way around the scheduling issues.
Yes, they are toughies. But it’s time for MLS to stop scheduling matches during international fixture windows.
You could argue that MLS should be breaking this weekend, as so many players are already with their national teams. For instance, when Sporting Kansas City goes up against Montreal tonight, for instance, Peter Vermes’ team will be without creator Graham Zusi and center back Matt Besler.
League-leading Dallas will be without top striker Blas Perez (pictured) and starting goalkeeper Raul Fernandez for tonight’s trip into Colorado to face the Rapids.
By next week, Kansas City be without several others, including Kei Kamara, who will be traveling to play for Sierra Leone. And that underscores the bigger point here, that MLS scheduling should definitely be suspended during the dates designated for World Cup qualifiers.
Then again, we’ve covered this ground before, haven’t we? In fairness, next week’s MLS schedule is somewhat limited, at least; that’s progress, I suppose.
The full list of Major League Soccer players called up for international duty is here.