MLS are to disband their reserve league in an attempt to strengthen the senior league squads with less developmental player positions.
â€śWeâ€™re going to be expanding our senior rosters in 2009 and eliminating the reserve division as it exists today,â€ť MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a press conference Friday. â€śWe are reducing the number of developing players that are on each teamâ€™s roster from ten players to four players.â€ť
With several developmental contract players featuring in this weekends MLS cup final, teams coaching staff may be questioning the decision.
â€śRight now the focus is to be sure we have the best senior roster and be able to have the most competitive teams we can,â€ť Garber said. â€śWeâ€™re not walking away from development but weâ€™re saying we need to reconfigure it.â€ť