The midpoint of the Premier League season

My Soccer Insider weekly column at the Star Tribune has been going since summer 2015 - time for one-and-a-half Premier League seasons. 2015-16 was unprecedented and unexpected, but 2016-17 has been back to normal - and at the midpoint, that’s the topic of this week’s column.

Thanks to space issues, my column ran online only this week. P.J. Fleck, this is your fault.

MLS Schedule problems are bigger than a winter break

As most of the Northern Hemisphere takes a winter break - England, take a bow, you’re about the only ones that play on - I revisited the topic of the MLS schedule. Many people have called for the league to adopt a autumn-spring calendar, to match up with most of the rest of the world. As I wrote, that’s not the real problem with the MLS schedule - it’s midweek games that are missing.

Really, I guess this could be summed up as let teams pay for charter flights -> midweek games are less of a problem -> schedule more midweek games -> cut down on the playoff rounds while you’re at it -> now you can quit playing games during summer tournaments and international breaks. But I couldn’t submit a flow chart as a column.