Originally Posted by memyselfI
Yes, I fully understand that there are top leagues around the world that are head and shoulders above the MLS. I also understand that soccer has been a tough sell in this country. I also realize this makes for an even tougher sell for the future of the sport if it is the only sport in the US that serves as a feeder to other more prestigious and better leagues. Especially in Europe.
The growth of soccer will hit a wall if the best league in the country cannot keep and attract top talent and is instead welcoming being seen as a farm or minor league here in the US as it already is in much of the world.
How many leagues in the world are selling leagues? Pretty much every single one of them. If the expectation is that MLS compete with the financial clout of the BPL and La Liga, well we're not there and may never be. Leagues with 80 more years of history are sellers and with the currently necessary handicaps of single-entity and a salary cap, we can't really expect MLS to punch with the big boys yet.
I don't see any problem w/ the way the league is heading. I'm perfectly content to watch an ever increasing level of domestic play. Despite the dilution of expansion, I think the level of talent on teams is incomparably higher than it was in the early years. A consequence of this is teams in "better" leagues coming in for our players. I'm proud that MLS has players of that quality and has began to overcome the stigma in Europe that it's simply a retirement league.
“We want players who are big, strong, smart, fast, tough and disciplined,” Pioli said, finally bringing an end to the era of Chiefs executives who searched desperately for players who are small, weak, stupid, slow, fragile and unruly.