LA Galaxy head coach, Bruce Arena has complained to Major League Soccer over the scheduling in the league's opening few weeks.
Arena is frustrated that his team are forced to play Western Conference rival, Real Salt Lake back-to-back in the first and third weekends of the season.
The former United States coach said to media after a practice session this week:
“We’ve tried to make it clear to the league that we thought this was not the way to do it, but they have their own minds,” Arena said after a light training session Thursday at StubHub Center. “We’re going to be the only team in the league doing this on three occasions this year. I don’t think it’s good.”
The Galaxy will also have to play Vancouver in a back-to-back in April and then again with Seattle toward the end of the season.
The scheduling means that LA will have to execute against Western Conference rivals for stretches of weeks rather than sporadically as with other teams.
LA have not had the greatest start to the MLS season, losing to Salt Lake in the opening weekend and were then eliminated from the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal by Club Tijuana.