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03-11-2013, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by ChipAyten View Post
The best MLS team would struggle to stay up in the EPL. It's gotten better but still not even worth mentioning in the same breath as top flight European pyramids. Several issues hold the MLS back. Firstly, the Improper schedule. Club competitions are to take place through the winter not summer. Summer is reserved for international competitions and qualifiers. Top international players are not going to choose to play in the MLS over the World Cup, European Championship or even qualifiers. Second, there's no pyramid. All the MLS clubs are married and locked to eachother like the other big 4 North American leagues. This is mostly to do with geography. America is far too big and soccer far too unpopular to support the hundreds of clubs it would take to make a pyramid. Lastly, the league champion is not to be determined via tournament. Any team can win a cup competition, see the FA Cup. The league title is supposed to be reserved for the best team, not the hottest team. You demonstrate your worth over the entire season.
The only thing I agree with is the concept of playoffs. For whatever reason, American sports fans want some type of playoff when the best team should simply be considered the team with the best record over the entire season. That said, it's not changing.

As to the comparison aspect, a team like Seattle would stay up in the EPL easily. So would several others. Not so a handful of years ago, but absolutely the case now. The only thing that holds some teams back is the salary cap.

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