MLS ranked 7th best soccer league in the world by Sporting Intelligence

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  • Andy C North Bergen, NJ
    April 29, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Nussdorfer AC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    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 sport.

  • MinutemanII ABINGTON, MA
    April 24, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    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?

  • BryceDeMann Murray, UT
    April 24, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    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.

  • THE MTN MAN Taylorsville, UT
    April 23, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    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.

  • BusStopRatBag Layton, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:51 p.m.

    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.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 23, 2013 7:31 p.m.

    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 RSL!