[quote=“ImfromClayton, post:14, topic:27433”][quote=“ZombieLew, post:13, topic:27433”][quote=“Noreaster, post:11, topic:27433”]Lots of US guys play in European leagues. Bradley, Edu, Cherundolo, Jermaine Jones, Bocanegra all get regular call-ups to the MNT. Granted, the Premiership gets the most press in the US, but that isn’t necessarily the best league in Europe.
Unfortunately, MLS is probably about #10 on a list of the best leagues in the world. It doesn’t help that they don’t pay much and play an off-kilter schedule. The scheduling thing is unique simply because soccer can’t compete with the NFL on weekends in the US. Just can’t. I would love to see homegrown talent stay here, but the reality is they will get paid maybe 10%-25% of what they could make overseas.[/quote]
I think part of it as well was for player development… players can go on loan to European clubs in the MLS off season, allowing them to play year-round.
I will say, though… MLS has to, and I mean absolutely HAS to get rid of any semblance of a salary cap. I understand that they want to keep it competitive, but the only way that MLS will ever compete on a global scale is to cut the deepest pockets loose and let them bring in the talent to do so.[/quote]
The New York Cosmos were the most popular and best team in the world in the 70’s. American fans won’t watch a product that is seen as “minor leagues”[/quote]
MLS instituted a salary cap to avoid failure like the NASL did. MLS is doing fine. They have grown by leaps and bounds just in the time I’ve been living in this country (2000+). I remember thinking how much of a joke the broadcasts were when I moved here and caught them on TV. Now I find them thoroughly entertaining with a decent quality of play and great stadiums and fan bases.