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Sounders coach likes 24-team MLS idea

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid came out in favor of Major League Soccer's plan to expand from the current 19 teams to 24 by 2024.

"The first thing I did is a did a calculation in my head," he said. "I said 24 teams means two divisions of 12, which means you play 22 teams in division and you play every team outside your division – 12 – so that makes 34 games. So it works our symmetrically really nice, so I’m in favor of it."

Schmid also said he believes there will be enough talent available to stock five new teams without a notable decline in MLS quality.

"Over that period of time, yeah," he said. "When you look at all the homegrown players that are starting to come out now and are starting to produce. There’s always I think – in the short-term, meaning the initial year or two years maybe – there’s an initial drain of talent at the end of the day, then things change."