The Los Angeles Galaxy have a rested squad for the final Major League Soccer game of the regular season, an away match at Sporting KC with a bye on the line.
Unfortunately, having fresh players came at a price. A price coach Bruce Arena thinks he shouldn’t have to pay.
With three matches in seven days – the final CONCACAF Champions League group stage match sandwiched between two massive MLS meetings – Arena elected to send a B team to Guatemala, which resulted in a 1-1 draw and a resulting unfavorable knockout stage matchup.
“We made requests a year in advance to the league and CONCACAF not to have a Champions League game this week,” a frustrated Arena told ESPN’s Doug McIntyre. “And of course, we have it.”
“We have to make sure that our regular season is done in such a manner that in the end you feel it was fair for everyone, and the best teams made it, not the teams that got a break because of scheduling.”
Arena called this year’s Galaxy schedule “the worst I’ve ever seen,” and he’s finally speaking out. If CONCACAF won’t do anything about it, Arena says, it should be MLS to give the clubs a rest around international competitions, saying the league should “get creative.”