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MLS 2011 Season New Rules
MLS to expand rosters to thirty players for 2011
MLS will be expanding rosters to thirty players next season. MLS currently has rosters of twenty six, with twenty four roster players and two spots for home grown players. Coach Hyndman says the move is about the added games in the MLS season that have come about with expansion. "The roster is going to be extended," Hyndman told the assembled media at FCD training on Wednesday. "We're at a twenty four man roster, and with home grown players we’ve put ourselves really at a twenty six man roster, and next year it’s going to be a thirty man roster. So our league was very sensitive to the fact that we’re going to ask you to do more games but we want you to have more players. For a team like Dallas, who really counts on our homegrown players to be part of a 30-man roster, I think it helps. Now we’re giving more games to our younger players as well.”
MLS moves to 34-game schedule in 2011
With two new expansion clubs joining the fray in 2011, Major League Soccer will expand its regular season schedule to 34 games from the current 30-game season. The 2011 campaign will kick off on Saturday, March 19, 2011, and the 34 matches will be played in the span of 32 weeks with the regular season coming to a close on October 22.
The league also announced that it will not break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup or any other international competitions next year. In 2010 there was a two-week hiatus in MLS league play during the World Cup group stage. The 2011 postseason format, the date for MLS Cup 2011 and the format for the 2011 regular-season schedule will be announced by MLS at a later date.