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Old 10-05-2009, 11:35 PM
 
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I do think the MLS is improving since I started seeing highlights in the 80's! Whether it'll ever get to the standard of the top European leagues I'm not sure. I guess it's held back by being 5th/6th sport in the US.
Major League Soccer was started in 1993 as one of the requirements for the USA to host the 1994 World Cup.

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If it was the 1980's, you are probably thinking of the North American Soccer League (NASL).

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I don't think that MLS is being held back by being watched by fewer couch potatoes than the NFL, NBA and etc. As more youth play futbol, we will start to see better athletes go into the sport and eschew the traditional American sports, some of which are harder on the body and, thus, lead to shorter careers.

The problem with the NASL was that one franchise (New York) bought all of the best players since they were in a bigger TV market and dominated the league. Also, old pros from Europe and South America were brought in and it was harder for Americans to get behind the teams.

MLS has solved the problems inherent in the NASL, and there is greater parity amongst the teams. Also, while they do have some European pros on their last legs (excuse the pun), they also have up-and-coming North, South, and Central American players. One of Columbia's finest young strikers plays for MLS, for example; i.e., he is not old and awaiting retirement. MLS has proven to be a good launch-pad for young Americans who have then moved on to play in Europe (e.g., Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, and etc.).
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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I would say the Coca Cola League Championship. Sheffield Wednesday- Seattle Sounders would be a pretty even matchup.
Good call but not in the early years. 4 First divisions 3 Fa cups Great history Sheffield Wednesday.
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:51 AM
 
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I do think the MLS is improving since I started seeing highlights in the 80's! Whether it'll ever get to the standard of the top European leagues I'm not sure. I guess it's held back by being 5th/6th sport in the US.

Uh, the MLS did not start playing until 1996. Are you thinking of the MISL which was an indoor league that existed in the 80s or possibly NASL?
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:15 PM
 
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Uh, the MLS did not start playing until 1996. Are you thinking of the MISL which was an indoor league that existed in the 80s or possibly NASL?
Is there an echo in here??

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Old 07-14-2013, 12:50 AM
 
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They actually did a study about this not long ago, with the theory of using how much transfer fees would be for MLS vs English Premier league. The average MLS team would average about $5 million dollars per team in transfer fees. Birmingham City of the Championship (2nd tier of English football) has an estimate of $12 million in transfer teams if they sold their entire roster.

Considering how balanced the MLS is due to the league owning all the teams, I would estimate they would either be in League 1 (3rd tier) or the lower half of the Championship league. Probably a better comparison would be to compare the MLS to the Scottish Premier league minus Celtic.

One thing the MLS teams don't have to worry about is relegation. All except for about six clubs in English football have to worry about that. You can have a bad season in the MLS and not worry about dropping to a lower level of football.

One thing that will keep the MLS from being top tier is their salary caps. Manchester City, Chelsea, and probably middle teams like Everton and Tottenham probably spend more on payroll then all the clubs of the MLS combined.
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