Arsène Wenger thinks the new rules on Premiership teams (25 players registered, 8 of which must be homegrown) will be “disastrous.” To quote the man himself, “I am not a big fan of it because it puts, first of all, many players without clubs. Secondly it puts the clubs in a weak position most of the time in the transfer market because when you already have 25 players and you buy another one, you know you have 26 and now have to get rid of one. So when you buy a player, you have to integrate into the transfer how much it will also cost to get rid of a player because you are not sure if you will be capable after of selling the player.”
MLS is considering a 34-game schedule next season (2 games against each team). But that will only work for one year since Montreal is joining in 2012 (though logic dictates that they should just go to a 36-game schedule). In any event, this is a good thing. Balanced schedules always are.
In other MLS news, Seattle traded Freddie Ljungberg to Chicago for a draft pick. I was surprised by this move but apparently the Sounders decided to cash in on their designated player.
The Freddy Adu saga continues and, once again, he fails to latch on with a club. This time, Swiss club Sion decided against signing the American international. I’m not sure where Adu goes from here since he’s clearly not in Benfica’s plans. Perhaps a return to MLS is in order, at least so he gets some playing time.