How did MLS do when trying to schedule around the US national team and the CONCACAF Hexagonal? Let's compare matchdays:
CONCACAF Hex: March 28 three games - MLS has six games scheduled for March 28, another for March 29.
Hex: April 1 - MLS has no games scheduled for April 1 but one game on April 2 (Columbus-RSL)
Hex: June 3 US-Costa Rica, June 6 three games - MLS has a game on June 4 and 5, four on 6 and two on 7.
Hex: June 10 two games - MLS has one game on June 10: Chivas USA-Houston
Hex: Aug. 12 three games - MLS has no games on Aug. 12, full weekend of games before and after
Hex: Sept. 5 three games - MLS has three games scheduled for Sept. 5
Hex: Sept. 9 three games - MLS has no games scheduled for Sept. 9
Hex: Oct. 10 three games - MLS has three games scheduled for Oct. 10
Hex: Oct. 14 three games - MLS has one game scheduled (New York-RSL)
So how did MLS do? Horrendously. MLS will have games on five of the United States' 10 Hexagonal dates. They will compete head-to-head against the US national team yet again, in what is probably the United States' most important year since 2006. World Cup qualifying will be at stake, the Confederations and Gold cups will be raging on and we'll have MLS games clogging the schedule and making it difficult for fans to follow both their club and country.
Preposterous. You'd think after 13 years MLS would have been able to figure this out. Insetad, it's more of the same garbage.