Americans and Sports/Soccer Dec 30, 2010 11:28:58 GMT -5
Post by ScottishProWrestling on Dec 30, 2010 11:28:58 GMT -5
As someone who did support MLS this season, it's because the rest of the world treats MLS like a joke (as the best players don't really want to play there). The best players in the world aren't ever going to come to MLS unless they're hanging on way past their prime (and therefore, just aren't that good anymore), the money isn't there in MLS when compared to the Euro, South American, and Asian leagues.
That, and I'm not saying ALL of them are this way, but a number of American Euro-league fans are Euro-league fans as a way of trying to look more "cultured" than your typical American NFL, NBA, or MLB fan.
I think if there was a way to get better players and coaches in the MLS, and if some of our best athletes actually wanted to be professional soccer players (and stay in the US to play, instead of going over to Europe (again, where the money is)) instead of (American) Football, Baseball, or Basketball players, you'd see MLS's profile rise.
This is what should happen, I actually keep an eye on the NY Red Bulls and before that I kept an eye on the Metro Stars, I wouldnt call myself a fan though . Though i lived the early years of my life over in NY.
I feel the MLS and US Soccer has alot of potential, there are alot of very good young lads coming through the system in the USA, though as shown in the case of Freddy Adu, the media need to back off and let them develop before you go making him a star, too much pressure will lead to players cracking, which is the reason I think Adu has not even scraped the level that the media hyped him at, despite a mass of natural talent. The wage cap makes sense to stop teams going bust, but is holding the league back from bringing the best players in. Let teams go wild, if you offer a top player competitive contract and sponsorship and the chance to live in work in the likes of New York, LA, Chicago, Seattle, Washington etc. I guarantee you that that lifestyle would appeal more than the like of Bolton, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, etc, in the UK.
MLS also limits the amount of overseas players. Crazy move. I understand the need to develop talent from the USA but if the college and youth team systems are doing their job properly then the talent will come through anyway and make the grade alongside the pros from around the world. Plus, the overseas talent gives the young local talents someone to aspire too in their own teams.
I am a huge fan of American football and i really feel it can make the grade, its growing every year. With one or two adjustments the league could really work and people would watch.