MLS won't copy world leagues
NEW YORK -- 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 countries.
The MLS also will keep its March-to-November schedule and not align with soccer's international calendar, which runs from August to May/June.
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