I agree. The schedule should be done based on what is known, not guesses about how clubs will be and what clubs will have the biggest differences between home and road performance. As long as the Red Bulls and NYCFC play each opponent the same amount of times, have half of their games at home, and have relatively equal total travel distance, I won't complain about which clubs the Red Bulls hosted and which clubs NYCFC hosted. You brought up injuries. What would be a bigger deal is if another club in the division had a star get injured, return from injury, join the club, or leave the club, and NYCFC got both games while the opponent was worse and the Red Bulls got both games while the opponent was better. If a star is traded from Club A to Club B that made the Red Bulls face the star before and after the trade and NYCFC never have to face the star, that would also make NYCFC's schedule easier.