I'm sure this has been discussed 1,000 times before, but I feel the need to start another thread. This is not a pro/rel thread. There is no relegation portion of this idea. I'd like to see that eventually, but that's besides the point. Here's the idea: While MLS is at 16 teams or less, 2 USL-1 sides will be permitted to play in MLS for one season. Let's say this starts in 2008. The two USL-1 teams would be the USL Regular Season winner and the USL playoff winner. For future seasons, either those two automatically replace the two in MLS, or they advance to an end of season playoff for those berths. Should a USL team win the MLS Cup, then they automatically get to play in the league the next season. The temporarily promoted teams would have to meet stadium requirements (i.e. have a reasonable stadium and have reasonable control of playing dates) and have to prove they could handle the finances. They don't necessarily get any share of TV money, they either wouldn't participate in the draft or would get the last selections in each round. Once MLS finds teams 17 & 18 (if that's the goal), then this arrangement would end. Ok, so why is this idea horrible?