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Old 09-16-2009, 07:52 AM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Anyone who is more familiar with international soccer... what level of English football would the US & Canada's MLS be comparable to in terms of talent?

Also, how big a fan following do most lower tier (anything below EPL - like Newcastle United) teams have?
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:33 AM
 
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To what level is MLS? I would say League 1, which is the third tier of English football. That is very debatable however and would not be surprised to see quite a few people disagree with me.

Many lower level teams get great fan support, sometimes rivaling their premier league counterparts.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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MLS ranges from the middle of League One to the top of the Championship (i.e., would be relegated from the Prem). Just watch the passing and awareness of some teams compared to others and it's a stark contrast. Strangely, though, the short rosters allow for great fluctuations in quality and any team can beat any other with just a few variables changed. MLS has some quality players but not enough guys to spare that a team can afford to lose those stars for very long. So are the struggles of the cap.
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I would say mid-table Championship to lower table Championship. With teams like this year NY team, I would say League One.

With the new CBA, I think the quality of play will improve. When you can offer higher salaries, you will get better talent.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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I agree with the majority of posters here. about the Championship level, some MLS teams are a bit better or play better certain games,

sometimes you watch an MLS game and it's really good and entertaining and sometimes it's just not. it could be the team or the game.

MLS could complete more if they had squads of similar size to english teams, not sure if that's in the consideration of how well they'd compete in england or not?

I also feel the worst of the Prem teams are really bad, much worse than the bottom of La Liga / Serie A. I do feel the upper echelon of MLS could probably compete with some of the bottom EPL teams at least some of the time.
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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I would say the Coca Cola League Championship. Sheffield Wednesday- Seattle Sounders would be a pretty even matchup.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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To what level is MLS? I would say League 1, which is the third tier of English football. That is very debatable however and would not be surprised to see quite a few people disagree with me.
I agree completely.
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:01 PM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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Top MLS teams could be in the Championship and survive. Most of the other teams, relegated from Championship or in League 1.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Between League 1 and the Championship but there is a huge gap between that and the Premiere League.
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:41 AM
 
Location: UK ex-pat in Lanzarote, Spain
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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.
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