They don't need to count green card players and that would probably be some kind of U.S. labor law violation. But, they can easily reduce the number of int'l slots, in recognition of the fact that there are a lot of GC guys that aren't U.S. eligible. They know all this They are betting that "quality of play" trumps "interest in U.S. soccer" for drawing viewers. They're smart people; that must be the case. But, man, I watched the beginning of the Red Bull/DC match last night - as I wanted to watch Adams play (1st MLS match I've watched this year). The quality of play is not ...... good. If I have a hankering to watch a soccer match, just to watch a soccer match, there's no way I watch MLS. There are too many way better options out there. The only reason I would watch MLS is to watch guys that play for, or might play for, the NT. And, the way they run the league, there are precious few of those. Young U.S. players are getting choked out of the system. If my kid had pro level talent, I'd tell them to play USL for fun for a year or two, or go abroad as soon as you possibly can. Why stay in MLS just to be practice fodder?