I admit I'm proposing a solution to a problem that doesn't yet exist. Thus far fans across the Great American Heartland have embraced their new teams, and rich guys continue to put big money down for teams. If that trend continues all of MLS's problems are manageable. But there's a certain speculative quality to it, since current revenues don't really equate to long-term profitability. I'm frankly unhappy that soccer is still the fifth most popular sport. There's no particular reason that hockey should be ahead of soccer. In the 1970s it was largely assumed soccer was on the verge of overtaking hockey. But American fans like high scoring sports, even if most of the goals squirt out of pile ups in the goal crease. Maybe my point is that a 30+ team American-style major league may not be sustainable, and a creative pro/rel scheme may be a way to keep real professional soccer in all those cities, and avoid a painful contraction process that could become irreversible. Again, we're not there yet, but no harm in keeping some options on the table.