It seems as though MLS may be thinking about adding 4 teams in 2006. While I think this idea certainly has its upside by being able to more directly capture the energy created by the world cup, which will likely garner more attention than this year's, there is a huge downside in that the player pool will be thinned dramaticaly that summer. With 10-15 of MLS' best players in Germany for a few months and close to 80 new roster spots opening up how will MLS be able to keep the standard of the game very high? supposing each team gets two rookies and brings up two players from the A-leauge that only equals 56 of those slots, I supose the new teams will look at the Chicago model for expansion and hand pick their SI's for another 12 slots, but what then? Yanks abroad? Youth internationals? Should the expansion cities field an A-leauge team for a season or two before getting "promoted" to MLS? It seems to me that the excitment around soccer that summer will be ideal for the expansion plan, but does MLS want to get alot of attention when their product will be seriously diminished?