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MLS Cup to remain at neutral site

MLSlogoDuring MLS Cup in Seattle, MLS Commissioner Don Garber indicated that the league was considering -- maybe even leaning toward -- allowing the top-seeded team to host future MLS Cups.

Well, not in 2010, according to this release from the league:

Major League Soccer’s championship match, MLS Cup, will remain at a neutral site for the 2010 season, MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced today. League officials had discussed the possibility of moving MLS Cup from a neutral venue to the home stadium of the higher seeded team playing in the championship match.

“Following a detailed review and careful analysis of both options, we have elected to continue with a neutral-site format for MLS Cup 2010,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “We believe this format will provide an exciting environment for our fans while also allowing the necessary planning time for our key constituents. We will continue to assess the possibility of playing MLS Cup at the home stadium of the higher seeded team in the future.”

Major League Soccer is currently evaluating candidate cities and host venues for MLS Cup 2010 and will announce the site during the first quarter of the year.