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07-16-2010, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
I think their realistic goal has to be becoming a feeder league to the big European leagues. Whether that can be accomplished remains to be seen, but an ideal scenario would be that European clubs start putting their young players into the MLS.
MLS and the Euro leagues have very different schedules, but I agree. If MLS can work out transfer agreements with the Euro leagues and we can see some of their young guns, it could be very good for us. MLS plays mostly in the summer and the Euro leagues have summer off.

Top American players usually end up transferring to England anyway. Donovan stayed in MLS, but he spends the offseasons overseas. He has the best of both worlds, he can be the face of soccer in the states and then transfers to England in the MLS offseason.

If MLS can get more attention, the money and talent will follow. However, it's up to the fans, it will be a slow process.

MLS teams like LA and NY should have no problem bringing in European players, but places like San Jose, Columbus or Kansas City are SOL.

If we could get a couple of the big cities to turn into powerhouse teams, it would be nice.

LA Galaxy
New York Red Bulls
Chicago Fire
Philadelphia Union
Seattle Sounders FC

probably have the best shots at being top American clubs in the next 10-15 years given the location, population and money (if the Union can continue bringing in the crowd)

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