MLS Promotion and Relegation: A Realistic Model for How It Can Happen

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MLS Promotion and Relegation: A Realistic Model for How It Can Happen
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One of the most hotly discussed topics involving Major League Soccer is something that MLS has no business of doing: promotion and relegation. 

People's ideas are very polarized when it comes to the concept.

Some, such as the Westerveltists at Soccer Reform, believe it will be the savior to American soccer, as it will create instant gratification among the American soccer fans—both hardcore and casual.

Others, take an extremely pessimistic approach, claiming that it would kill the league in a heartbeat.

Now, if in some bizarre parallel universe, if Don Garber decided to claim that MLS would adopt the system, that either one would happen, it's always fun to imagine what it would be like, and how it would be structured.

Yet, it seems that there's never much thought about how to change to that system—if we were to scrape out the squeaky-clean, somewhat communistic, franchise model and navigate towards an open-league model.

First thing's first, and everyone will come to an agreement here: my plan will have flaws, and no one will perfectly agree with this plan. No one ever does, people have their own ideologies and biases. Fair enough.

I should probably add this in as well: as much as I would love to see this appear in MLS, I have nothing against the current set-up. However, I believe the league will need to seriously look into this option—and eventually implement the system one day.

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