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Yet another reminder why an MLS-to-winter switch would be difficult (or impossible)

DC United v New York Red Bulls - Eastern Conference Semifinals

HARRISON, NJ - NOVEMBER 07: Thierry Henry #14 of New York Red Bulls warms up before the Eastern Conference Semifinal match against D.C. United at Red Bull Arena on November 7, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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In today’s New York Times, Jack Bell writes about the extensive, careful efforts to remove snow from Red Bull Arena prior to the team’s March 15 home opener.

It’s tricky, see, because the snow obviously must come off the ground – but there’s risk of damaging the field in the process if not done slowly, and just so.

In this case, the arena’s grounds crew has a couple of weeks to get the thing done. But what if Major League Soccer adopts that FIFA calendar, an idea MLS owners and commissioner Don Garber continue kicking around, and an idea that too many Euro-centric proponents believe essential.

Ask yourself this: how many times might this process have needed to take place over the last three-plus months if MLS was already thick into this potential switch? Even with the break Garber has discussed as the centerpiece, there’s just too much “winter weather” in the winters of the Northeast and the Midwest.

How many times would Chicago Fire supporters have been asked to go sit in sub-freezing temperatures over the last three-plus months? Other places, too.

Just more food for thought on this thing.

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