Here is why: If there was relegation, the Charleston Battery would replace the Dallas Burn, next season. The Burn,one year away from a new soccer specific stadium, would be out of the major league. The locals would go ballistic, and the team would probably have fold or be moved. The Battery, would play in front of no more than 7 or 8 thousand fans, next season, and then get bumped back down. The locals would NEVER pay for any improvements to their stadium with the prospect it would be for all of one year. This disasterous scenario would repeat itself every year, until MLS got rid of relegation once and for all. The very idea that the showcase teams could be sent into a lower league for a year of obscurity runs counter to everthing American sports is based on. The USA is not England. Repeating for the brain-dead, the USA is not England, Holland, Germany, Scotland or just about any place else. THERE WILL NEVER BE RELEGATION IN MLS!!!