MLS 2004 Schedule and WCQ in 2004 and 2005

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  1. IASocFan

    IASocFan Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2000
    IOWA
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Concacaf just announced the WCQ schedule. How will MLS on these key June, September, October, and November dates?

    See: http://www.concacaf.com/view_article.asp?id=2157

    Schedule:
    2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Dates for CONCACAF
    2004
    Saturday/Sunday, 17-18 January, Preliminary Round – Date 1
    Wednesday, 21 January, Preliminary Round – Date 2
    Wednesday, 18 February, Preliminary Round – Date 3
    Wednesday, 31 March, Preliminary Round – Date 4
    Saturday/Sunday, 12-13 June, Preliminary Round – Date 5
    Saturday/Sunday, 19-20 June, Preliminary Round – Date 6

    Wednesday, 18 August, Semi-Final Round – Game 1
    Saturday/Sunday, 4-5 September, Semi-Final Round – Game 2
    Wednesday, 8 September, Semi-Final Round – Game 3
    Saturday/Sunday, 9-10 October, Semi-Final Round – Game 4
    Wednesday, 13 October, Semi-Final Round – Game 5
    Wednesday, 17 November, Semi-Final Round – Game 6


    2005
    Wednesday, 9 February, Final Round – Game 1
    Saturday/Sunday, 26-27 March, Final Round – Game 2
    Wednesday, 30 March, Final Round – Game 3
    Saturday/Sunday, 4-5 June, Final Round – Game 4
    Wednesday, 8 June, Final Round – Game 5
    Wednesday, 17 August, Final Round – Game 6
    Saturday/Sunday, 3-4 September, Final Round – Game 7
    Wednesday, 7 September, Final Round – Game 8
    Saturday/Sunday, 8-9 October, Final Round – Game 9
    Wednesday, 12 October, Final Round – Game 10
    Saturday, 12 November, Fourth-Place Team Playoff – First-leg
    Wednesday, 16 November, Fourth-Place Team Playoff – Second-leg
     
  2. kevbrunton

    kevbrunton New Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Edwardsburg, MI
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I would have highlighted the following matches...

    2004
    Saturday/Sunday, 17-18 January, Preliminary Round – Date 1
    Wednesday, 21 January, Preliminary Round – Date 2
    Wednesday, 18 February, Preliminary Round – Date 3
    Wednesday, 31 March, Preliminary Round – Date 4
    Saturday/Sunday, 12-13 June, Preliminary Round – Date 5
    Saturday/Sunday, 19-20 June, Preliminary Round – Date 6


    Wednesday, 18 August, Semi-Final Round – Game 1
    Saturday/Sunday, 4-5 September, Semi-Final Round – Game 2
    Wednesday, 8 September, Semi-Final Round – Game 3
    Saturday/Sunday, 9-10 October, Semi-Final Round – Game 4
    Wednesday, 13 October, Semi-Final Round – Game 5

    Wednesday, 17 November, Semi-Final Round – Game 6

    I'd image that MLS could schedule around 1 Wednesday game per month for the Aug, Sep & Oct games. So we could only be looking at conflicts with First round dates 5-6 and Semifinal round games 2 & 4.

    Perhaps, most importantly, the Semifinal game 6 conflicts with the Playoffs. It's not a direct conflict, but this Wednesday game will either fall between the first round and the Conference Finals or it will fall between the Conference Final and the MLS Cup. Either way any US Nats in the those games would play an MLS playoff game the previous Saturday, then this US Nat game Wednesday and then either the Conference Final or MLS Cup the following Saturday/Sunday.

    Hopefully, we're at a point by Game 6 that we've wrapped up advancing so that Bruce can leave anyone involved in these playoff games off the roster.
     
  3. HalaMadrid

    HalaMadrid Member

    Apr 9, 1999
    I think it's more likely they push back the schedule a week or two so the MLS Cup is on the preceeding Sunday.
     
  4. Sachin

    Sachin New Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    La Norte
    Club:
    DC United
    OK admit it, how many of you are busy entering these days into your day planner/PDA/other scheduling device?

    I know I am. :D

    Sachin
     
  5. Smurfquake

    Smurfquake Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    San Carlos, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I saw the first post, entered them into my Palm, then scrolled down and read this. :D
     
  6. ThreeApples

    ThreeApples Member+

    Jul 28, 1999
    Smurf Village
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Or they could do it like 2000 when there was a qualifier on a Wednesday squeezed between the semifinals and the final on the surrounding weekends.

    Or MLS could choose to have MLS Cup in October like it has been 6 out of 8 years.
     
  7. Eric B

    Eric B Member

    Feb 21, 2000
    the LBC
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The schedule could go like this:

    Weekend of 10/2: End of MLS Regular Season
    10/9-10: Semi-Final Round Game 4
    10/13: Semi-Final Round Game 5
    Weekend of 10/16: MLS Play-offs 1st Rd. 1st Leg
    Weekend of 10/23: MLS Play-offs 1st Rd. 2nd Leg
    Weekend of 10/30: MLS Play-offs 2nd Rd.
    11/7: MLS Cup 2004
    11/17: Semi-Final Round Game 6

    Therefore, Bruce could have plenty of time for training camp before the last match (just in case we haven't clinched yet.) Plus, the 2004 MLS season could start in mid to late-March again yet still be able to take a small break around the two matches in June.
     
  8. Blong

    Blong Member+

    Oct 29, 2002
    Midwest, the real one.
    Keep in mind that we only play on 4 of the first 6 dates, and by the time MLS makes their schedule, they may know which four they will be playing.
     
  9. BenC1357

    BenC1357 Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    KC
    All I know is that there's some Carribean or Central American nation's gonna be hating life in the US and Canada in January and February. :D

    [Cool Runnings]What you been smokin' mon?![/Cool Runnings] :D
     
  10. Jimbob

    Jimbob New Member

    Jul 17, 1999
    Washington DC
    Actually, in the semi-final round, we play on all six matchdays. I'm assuming because that's what we did last time.
     
  11. Ricky_DCU

    Ricky_DCU New Member

    Feb 1, 2001
    Somerville, MA
    You are correct, but I think Blong was referring to the preliminary round- 6 dates have been set aside, but only 4 games will be played in the first round.
     
  12. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Right, but even when the US is NOT playing, Honduras, Canada or someone else with players in MLS WILL be playing. Bottom-line: MLS has to schedule around the FIFA int'l dates if they ever want anyone to take the league seriously. It's not hard. In fact its much easier for MLS to schedule around FIFA than it is for European leagues that have much busier fixture schedules and whose players have to travel greater distances to get to their WCQ matches
     

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