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Schmid: MLS realignment "makes the West a little merrier," but "you never know"

MLSwestHere's what Seattle coach Sigi Schmid had to say today about Chivas USA ceasing operations and MLS realignment as a 20-team league in 2015:

The league and the new ownership group that’s going to take over that franchise obviously have discussed it and planned it and are trying to do what’s best for them to come back on a very solid foundation in the Los Angeles market. So I think giving them a two-year hiatus to get that squared away and get that set right and possibly get the stadium situation organized I think is the right thing to do.

Kansas City and Houston coming to the West just makes the West a little merrier. We welcome all. I’m surprised they didn’t maybe send us their top two teams and we’ll have New England and DC come over so we’ll get all the points over here. I think

the competition in the West – depending on how the schedule works out, which is still the big question for next year, how many games you’re going to play in conference and out of conference – I think it’s going to make it tough maybe in the short term for a west coast team to win the Supporters Shield again, just because it’s going to be so competitive and you’re going to be taking points off of each other. With two expansion teams in the East – although I think they’ll be good expansion teams – and a couple of teams having off-seasons, and Montreal and Chicago – how are they going to come back, how are they going to build back in – it probably makes that division look easier, but at the end of the day you never know.