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MLS 64 & Beyond (Discussion : WIP)


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I hope to outline a plan and create a database that upgrade the MLS to a 64 team system (possibly more depending on peoples thoughts).

 

During the regular season, there will be two phases; the regional season and the conference season.

The Regional Season is Fixed each year where the same 8 teams participate in their own regional division. 

 

Gulf Coast Division: Birmingham Legion, Inter Miami CF, Orlando City, Tampa Bay Rowdies + New Orleans (new club), Baton Rouge (new club), Jackson (new club), Tallahassee (new club).

Great Lake Division: Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire, FC Cincinatti, Minnesota United, Indy Eleven, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Louisville City, Forward Madison.

Cascadia Division: Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, Cavalry FC, FC Edmonton + Surrer (new club), Tacoma (new club), Spokane (new club).

Pacific Division: LA Galaxy, LA FC, San Jose Earthquakes, Orange County, Las Vegas Lights, Sacramento Republic, Fresno FC, Phoenix Rising.

5-10 Division: Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids, New Mexico United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Austin Bold, OKC Energy, El Paso Locomotive.

Midwest Division: Sporting Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis 901 + Wichita (new club), Des Moines (new club), Omaha (new club), Fargo (new club), Sioux Falls (new club). 

Atlantic Division: Atlanta United, Charleston Battery, Charlotte Indi, North Carolina, Nashville FC, Nashville SC + Knoxville (new club), Richmond (new club).

North East Division: Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, DC United, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, Hartford Athletic, Philadelphia Union.

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Teams who are current affiliates of MLS clubs or owned by MLS Clubs are discounted from consideration. However, exceptions may be made as I feel that expanding to 80 teams might be a possibility with the areas such as Puerto Rico (Gulf Coast Division), Detroit (Great Lake), Winnipeg, Ottawa, Quebec City, Tuscon, Cleveland and Buffalo, amongst others being a possibility. 

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The opening phase (regional season) sees each team play home and away within their conference, totaling 14 matches. The top 3 teams in each regional conference advance to the Major Group and gain automatic qualification to the last 32 of the playoffs. These 24 teams are arranged across 2 divisions (non-regionalised). Each group is composed of 4 first place teams, 4 second place teams and 4 third place teams.

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The teams finishing 4th - 8th qualify for the Minor Group. Composed of 4 groups of 10 (2 4th place, 2 5th place, 2 6th place, 2 7th place and 2 8th place). The top 2 sides qualify for the wild card final. The other 8 playoff for the right to play in their wild card final. 

 

3rd v 10th : 4th v 9th : 5th v 8th : 6th v 7th. 3/10 v. 6/7 : 4/9 v 5/8 : 3/10/6/7 v 2nd : 4/9/5/8 v 1. (2 teams from each Minor Group qualify for the end of season playoffs).

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Teams play between 32-36 games during regular season dependant on performance, followed by the playoffs. Give me a few months and it might be made. 

 

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD IDEAS AND SCRUTINISE MY CURRENT IDEA. LET'S MAKE AMERICAN SOCCER GREAT.

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Edited by albertluque
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I'd definitely include a Puerto Rico team in the Gulf Coast division, as that would allow people to attempt something similar to the San Marino challenge with them - maybe you could resurrect Puerto Rico FC? Bermuda and Antigua have also had expatriated teams playing in the United States, but Puerto Rico probably makes the most sense

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The new road map for this has resulted in a 128 team MLS, with 16 division.

Pacific North

Pacific Central

Pacific South

Tex-Mex

Gulf Coast

Atlantic Central

Atlantic North

North East

Canada East

Great Lake East

Great Lake West

MidWest North

Midwest South

Rocky Mountains

Central

Mississippi.

 

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