Reserve Team, B Team - What Should MLS Do?
by Dave Clark on Jan 22, 2012 4:45 PM PST in MLS Dreams and Fantasies
In the past week discussion in England has sprung up regarding the right way to handle a reserve league. The current system is somewhat similar to what MLS currently has, where the reserve teams operate outside of the league pyramid. Andre Villas-Boas, manager at Chelsea, wants the English to try to adapt their system to be more like Spain and Germany, where the reserve teams become "B" sides that operate within the pyramid.
MLS has similar issues with its Reserves, but no entrenched history at the lower pro level. Some teams use their Reserves to keep deeper senior players fresh, while others use their 10 games to develop roster spots 21+ and get Academy players a taste of the pros. The idea of integrating Reserve teams with lower leagues in America isn't new on this site, but in light of the recent news out of England I revisited the topic with Adrian Hanauer at practice on Saturdayhttp://www.sounderatheart.com/2012/1/22 ... uld-mls-do