All MLS teams probably play too many games. Consistently successful MLS teams DEFINITELY play too many games. And meanwhile we’re told that the idea of NOT playing MLS matches on international fixture dates is asking just a bit too much of the league office.
The Deportivo Saprissa game was United’s 36th competitive match of 2008. There are 11 more ahead, plus (for a moment being charitable enough to imply that DC might actually get to the MLS Cup final this season) as many as four postseason matches. By comparison:
*As of September 17, 1996, DC United’s inaugural team had played 31 matches, and only had one more to go, plus six playoff games.
*As of September 17, 2002, DC United’s 2002 squad had played 27 matches.
*As of September 17, 2008, the expansion San Jose Earthquakes have played 25 matches.
Also, think about this. As the number of matches has gone up, to what extent has the salary cap and roster restrictions gone up with it? I suspect the answer is not much.