There is no credibility in these league rankings. France, Holland, Belgium
Portugal, Greece, Turkey and others are clearly more competitive and a higher
standard than the MLS. While players elsewhere are competing against the cream
of the crop, American kids are competing against high school and college teams.
Top leagues therefore have a several year start in player and team development.
Until the usual American system of drafting from college is replaced by youth
academies as is the European norm, the league here stands no chance of getting
anywhere close to a real, unbiased Top 10.
MLS has a ways to go, but building slowly has worked. When TV revenue jumps,
then players salaries will follow suit. TV money is the driving force in every
Really, Theirry Henry? Didn't you used to play for Arsenal, a very good
team, but one that lets their best players go in order to earn big money and
balance the books?
MLS is a better league than those in Holland and France? Having connections to
the champions league, UEFA cup, and relegation/promotion battles must not have
come into the equation? Lower league promotion ties communities without a team
in the top tier to the league and gives every team no matter the level different
goals for their season. Clubs in other parts of the world have youth development
programs and deep community bonds we will probably never be able to compete
with. But maybe we can still try.
Actually, one of my favorite things about MLS is the relatively low salaries.
It disgusts me seeing athletes - grown men playing a GAME - earning $30 million
per year. For some reason, it's easier for me to cheer for a bunch of guys
who are making salaries much closer to mine. Most superstar players make about
as much as doctors, which seems reasonable to me. The day MLS abandons the
salary cap and goes on a crazy spending spree will be a sad day indeed.
Quoting Henry re: the inequities and problems of MLS salaries? Seriously?
He's the highest paid player in the league. Between himself and Cahill,
New York is paying $9.225 million a year for two players. Those two players
alone are paid over three times the salary cap for entire teams. Salt
Lake's two highest paid players combine for less than 10% of that. The
designated player rule should be renamed the Red Bulls and Galaxy rule. Nobody
else can afford to compete and even European stars in decline don't want to
play in Houston and Chicago never mind Kansas City and Salt Lake. So the rich
get richer but somehow it doesn't quite translate into absolute dominance.
I love it every time the league doesn't get its NY v. LA final and a team
other than one of those two wins the Cup. Despite LA's success, which
hurts to acknowledge, NY still hasn't lifted the silverware.
I'm a big RSL fan but the talent and quality of play is very noticeable
when compared to the English Premiere League. The MLS still has a ways to go
before they really challenge Mexico in CONCACAF. I Believe! I'm Here For