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Dave
Post #151
Saturday September 17, 2016 2:32am

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 682
MLS whether they like it or not is a 2nd or 3rd tier league at this time. If they want to raise the perception and quality of the league they need to make a couple of adjustments that, IMO, will quickly improve the league....
1) Increase the roster size. MLS Rosters max out at 28 players, if you increase this to 33-35 players it allows for clubs to better be able to deal with multiple competitions, injuries, & fixture congestion.
2) Establish a requirement similar to what Liga MX did regarding youth players. Require each team to have 5-10 players who are eligible to play for U-23 national teams. The 2nd aspect of this rule is that these players must see "X" number of minutes each season.

These 2 adjustments will insure that clubs are giving young players an opportunity to develop & play meaningful games improving the quality of the league over time by improving the quality of the players in the league. Some other advantages would be teams increased willingness to Sell & Loan players to other leagues, and their investment in their academies in order to develop their own players instead of relying on old players or purchasing players from abroad.

snipes87
Cleveland, Ohio
Post #152
Saturday September 17, 2016 3:37am

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 843
Original post from tylercocinas

Could you clarify this statement a bit? I only ask because Garber was in charge 4-5 years ago when MLS was in your estimation, "trending upward." So how will it not trend upward under his stewardship when you yourself asserted that it was doing just that in 2011-12?


Mainly quality of play. And with new teams on the horizon it will just get worse and more watered down. American players, or any players for that matter, have not increased in transfer value which would be a good indicator the league is improving and producing quality talent.
If you don't love it, leave it, USA #1
TheTruth
Post #153
Saturday September 17, 2016 5:34am

Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts: 950
Now that's a howler. Why doesn't Canada have their own hockey league. . .

TheTruth
Post #154
Saturday September 17, 2016 5:37am

Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts: 950
Keep it coming, brain surgeons. MLS > MLS 5 years ago. MLS >> MLS 10 years ago. MLS >>> 20 years ago. Spot the trend.

tylercocinas
Post #155
Saturday September 17, 2016 6:14pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,091
Original post from snipes87

Mainly quality of play. And with new teams on the horizon it will just get worse and more watered down. American players, or any players for that matter, have not increased in transfer value which would be a good indicator the league is improving and producing quality talent.


Objectively speaking one can't say that the quality of US players has not increased. Transfer values be damned. Extrapolating your statement might lead one to conclude the quality of European players should have also increased based on the transfer valuations of the top players, but we know this to be untrue.

Rey Regicide
Post #156
Tuesday September 20, 2016 12:39pm

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 1,740
We started being better than Concacaf (national teams) when we went into Concacaf territory and beat them in their soil.

I started to say this awhile back, when we do that, getting points convincingly against Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras and Panama, and not just TNT (Caliguiri goal necessitated at that point in the late 80's) in their homes then we will be the absolute dominant force on the block.

Do you guys feel that MLS has been better at this in recent times?

Because otherwise I would have to agree, MLS has been better. I have friends now that are going tcrazy trying to make games on the weekends, some avid premier league viewers, some newbies. There's definitely more interest now, I feel. Just inching closer to getting to that TV money, then all safeties are off... one would think.

admsghs27
Post #157
Tuesday September 20, 2016 9:39pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 5,980
http://www.lagalaxy.com/post/2016/09/20/la-ga...
Wow one of the highest viewed games in mls history. We need more games like this on prime time. I'm sure there was a certain guy who helped with those ratings. Wonder who lol..

Speed Elf
El Paso
Post #158
Tuesday October 4, 2016 3:58pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 298
Came across this article today and was shocked MLS teams still travel like this.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/la-sp-ga...
Go HABS
admsghs27
Post #159
Tuesday October 4, 2016 5:33pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 5,980
When my aunt and cousin came from Seattle to visit earlier this year they were in the same flight with the Sounders. It was cool for them as they got pics with the players and got to talk to them. But I see the point is bad for the league that they still have to travel like that that should change asap.

johnvuke
Dallas
Post #160
Wednesday October 5, 2016 5:05pm

Joined Aug 2016
Total Posts: 14
I enjoy MLS, though I do follow Bundis and EPL more closely. The biggest issue with MLS is the lack of young players playing. Chartered flights, pro/rel, higher minimum salaries etc, those are all things that can grow through each collective bargaining period. The thing that needs to change right away is stuff like Bradford Jameison getting 40 minutes of action this year despite LAG injuries.

Mojofc
Post #161
Monday October 10, 2016 2:57pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 966
"Football is on the ascendancy here and I decided to come and play a part of it. I love the style of sport in America. Here you come to the stadium with your family and the victory comes second.

"What counts first and foremost is the sense of people coming together."

-Pirlo

Victory comes second.. any ideas on how to make games more important to both fans and players?
Rain, rain, go away Come again another day - USMNT, MUFC
2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #162
Monday October 10, 2016 7:36pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,116
I think what Pirlo is trying to say is that supporting your team is important as well as winning, but Americans for the most part refrain from crazy hooliganism that permeates throughout Europe.

Rey Regicide
Post #163
Wednesday October 12, 2016 10:39am

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 1,740
it shocked me to learn who paulino alcantara was during messi's ascent into barcelona's scoring history.

can you imagine babe ruth coming back during a redux of a civil war and shooting youths in the bronx? we just don't have that type of scar in our society.

we're fake and corporate and at times, not genuine; a plastic feeing when you buy a ticket most of the time at sports games in the USA, but i would rather that than feeling like sport was a matter of life and death.

mmee
Culver City, CA
Post #164
Sunday June 18, 2017 6:09am

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 1,850
I'm seriously considering turning my back on the league for a few years (then checking back in and seeing if it improved).

The home cooking by the referees is not even subtle anymore.

coverby
Post #165
Sunday July 23, 2017 8:08am

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 477
Anyone see this post game with Mike Petke?

https://twitter.com/realsaltlake/status/88898...

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