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Old 03-07-2018, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Just curious as to what you all think.
There are lots of areas that need improvement, but I feel that, considering it was founded it 1993, it's progressing fairly well. Watching the opening week was satisfying. Saw some impressive plays, and overall the quality was much better than what I remember seeing even just 5 years ago. At this rate, do you think it will soon catch up to some of the top 5 leagues?
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Old 03-08-2018, 06:02 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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Just curious as to what you all think.
There are lots of areas that need improvement, but I feel that, considering it was founded it 1993, it's progressing fairly well. Watching the opening week was satisfying. Saw some impressive plays, and overall the quality was much better than what I remember seeing even just 5 years ago. At this rate, do you think it will soon catch up to some of the top 5 leagues?
To catch up with the worlds top football leagues it will need to attract some international interest, to appeal to the international viewer it will need to change its format, pro/rel would make it more interesting for a start, its too benign to grab interest the way it is.
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Old 03-08-2018, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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When they start getting foreign talent that are in their prime and not some 37 year old big name player thinking its great for the league when the rest of the world just laughs.

Promo and relegation are a must, not this everybody needs a shot at the trophy no matter how bad you are. You really dont need to care at all about regular season cause you still have a good chance of making the MLS cup regardless.
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Old 03-09-2018, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin's great north woods
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Agree.
Can D.C. United afford to pay a 15 year old Wayne Rooney? A 14 year old Lionel Messi?
Never. They'll never attract a legitimate star in their prime. Even a decent mid-table player like a Jordan Henderson. Would he rather stay at Anfield, or try his luck with the Galaxy? Maybe after his 36th birthday he'll go to LA.
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Old 03-12-2018, 04:52 AM
 
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Perhaps when more Americans become interested in soccer? As it stands, the other major leagues own huge chunks of the fan support pie.
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:04 PM
 
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OP, though the MLS has improved since its creation, the most recent years have seen more stagnation. It is still a rather poorly competitive league compared to most European leagues, Brazil/Argentina. They should have done like China. They put the means to turn what was a joke league into an emerging power. The US has the money and the stability to attract talents and turn the MLS into a powerhouse, unfortunately it is still not much better than the mexican league, and still quite far from being top tier. Reinstating relegation/promotion would be one simple measure to help the MLS improve, IMO.
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Old 03-20-2018, 02:26 PM
 
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OP, though the MLS has improved since its creation, the most recent years have seen more stagnation. It is still a rather poorly competitive league compared to most European leagues, Brazil/Argentina. They should have done like China. They put the means to turn what was a joke league into an emerging power. The US has the money and the stability to attract talents and turn the MLS into a powerhouse, unfortunately it is still not much better than the mexican league, and still quite far from being top tier. Reinstating relegation/promotion would be one simple measure to help the MLS improve, IMO.
not much better than the mexican league? come on, MLS is better in every category. more teams, more mascots, more firewoks, more sorts of beer, bigger seats. MLS has a guy with a chainsaw cutting logs. what has Mexican league ever done? and don't say winning concacaf, that's not what sports is about
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Old 03-21-2018, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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not much better than the mexican league? come on, MLS is better in every category. more teams, more mascots, more firewoks, more sorts of beer, bigger seats. MLS has a guy with a chainsaw cutting logs. what has Mexican league ever done? and don't say winning concacaf, that's not what sports is about
^agreed!
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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OP, though the MLS has improved since its creation, the most recent years have seen more stagnation. It is still a rather poorly competitive league compared to most European leagues, Brazil/Argentina. They should have done like China. They put the means to turn what was a joke league into an emerging power. The US has the money and the stability to attract talents and turn the MLS into a powerhouse, unfortunately it is still not much better than the mexican league, and still quite far from being top tier. Reinstating relegation/promotion would be one simple measure to help the MLS improve, IMO.
How is reinstating relegation/promotion simple in America? Maybe it could be doable decades down the road but right now it would be a money hemorrhage that would probably bankrupt some relegated teams.

If MLS is about as good as the Mexican league, I am fine with that. The Mexican league is a good, high-paying league that generally keeps the best Mexican players in Mexico.

And I certainly don't look up to the Argentine and especially Brazilian leagues. Most Brazilian teams would love to have the economic stability of MLS teams. Argentine and Brazilian players generally can't wait to get out of their home leagues to get to Europe or even Asia.
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