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Posted at 6:15 PM ET, 11/21/2010

MLS Cup pregame news & notes

By Steve Goff

*MLS Commissioner Don Garber will announce additional details about the 2011 scheduling and playoff formats this evening. On Saturday, he said that, for next season, the league plans to do some tweaking but won't make major changes.

*A reminder that the MLS Cup will not kick off until about 8:55 p.m. ET (ESPN, Galavision).

*Freddy Adu, who has bounced from club to club since turning pro at age 14, is in Denmark training with Randers for a possible winter move after being phased out at Greek club Aris. He remains under contract with Benfica in Portugal.

*Ronaldinho remains quite interested in MLS, and talks are expected to heat up in the coming weeks about AEG, the parent company of the Los Angeles Galaxy, signing him to a major deal, the Insider has learned from U.S. and European contacts.

For much more.....

*With the college season winding down and the draft less than two months away, MLS is focusing on Generation Adidas signings (non-seniors). Among the candidates are Maryland's Casey Townsend, Matt Kassel and Ethan White. Kassel came through the Red Bulls' academy and could become a homegrown signing, if the club is interested. White rose through the D.C. United program. Connecticut's Tony Cascio (Real Salt Lake) and Penn State's Corey Hertzog (Philadelphia) also rate well. Hertzog had three goals today in a 4-1 victory over Old Dominion. If those clubs decline to use a homegrown signing and they commit to MLS, they would be available in the draft. The league is interested in several others, with and without MLS academy affiliations.

*One senior of note is Ohio State's Konrad Warzycha, son of Columbus Crew Coach Robert Warzycha. Konrad scored his eighth goal today in the Buckeyes' 2-1 NCAA tournament victory over Providence.

By Steve Goff  | November 21, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Comments

I don't like the sounds of this. But his constant refrain of "rivalries" leads me to believe that an unbalanced schedule is in the offing. They are going to lose me and my high priced season tickets before much longer. Not that anyone probably cares. Frankly I don't give a crap about playing NY more times. Or NE or whoever. For me the fun is playing every other team in the league...the same number of times. We have a lot of rivals. I would guess some teams have fewer rivals. What about our rivalry with LA?

This "revolution" he's talking about sounds a lot like only playing the teams within your "conference" and then east will only meet west in the final. It will cut down travel costs.

I don't consider myself a eurosnob. I just like a fair and square league and the chance to see all the other teams in the league play. With a single table. Why is Garber so opposed to a single table anyway? It makes no sense to me that he hates the idea so much.

Posted by: fedssocr | November 21, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree with fedssocr. Garber's only interested in managing the MLS "brand" and not actually putting together a credible football competition.

Posted by: cidcamp70 | November 21, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Love watching Ronaldinho. How could Garber justify denying a club a visit from him by choosing unbalanced schedules? Makes zero sense. You can't force rivalries - they develop on their own. Look at DC-Seattle...the Sounders feel like our biggest rival now behind NJ. Please let rational thought prevail - choose a balanced schedule.

Posted by: Pedalada | November 21, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Sure to be expanded upon in match thread:

SoccerInsider: MLS will expand playoff field next year by two teams to 10. Details still to be worked out. Balanced schedule in 2011. #mls

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 21, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm far from a Eurosnob, but as a new league in the era of air travel, MLS has the opportunity to have a balanced schedule and placate purists while not alienating whatever the opposite of purists are. The only thing I can imagine is that he's laying the groundwork for the future when there are >20 teams in the league.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 21, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Y'all can give it up. He's already said in the teleconference (reported here in this blog earlier last week) that unbalanced schedules are coming.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | November 21, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Did espn dump JP altogether now?

Posted by: fedssocr | November 21, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

No. He did the Women's game yesterday and the western conference final last week. Ian Darke is doing all the highest profile games.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 21, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Garber's job is to manage the brand. There is no one at MLS for whom competion is a priority since Ivan left.

All these empty seats at BMO. Should be mbrassing to MLS, but of course they are all sold, so Garber won't care.

Note to DCU stadium designer: Multi- colored seats allows large areas of empty seating to give illusion of being occupied. Practice first pioneered at NO Superdome.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 21, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

with HD, empty seats look like empty seats, no matter what the colors.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 21, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

did espn dump JP

And don't call me Shirley.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 21, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Just come home Freddy, no shame in coming home.

Posted by: ihillvt | November 22, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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