So Joseph Blatter made a slightly less questionable pronouncement last week by repeating his call for Major League Soccer to switch to a European calendar. I wrote a long piece earlier this year explaining the reasons why MLS won't, and to be honest shouldn't. I am not sure that a person like Blatter truly appreciates the challenges that a fall-to-spring MLS would face, from weather to pitches to media, and when he says that such a move would improve the popularity of the sport in this country, I find it challenging to believe that he knows what he is talking about. A fall-to-spring soccer season is even more of a non-starter in USL, NASL, and below as many of these teams share stadia with high schools or colleges, and these clubs would have nowhere to play. So a switch to such a league schedule would see a lot more teams playing on artificial surface or with ugly gridiron lines. How exactly that spectacle is supposed to increase the popularity of soccer in the USA is not something that a rocket scientist like me can understand.
And besides, if US Soccer told Blatter to pound sand, what would he do? Keep the USA from hosting a World Cup?