Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
MLS Increases Foreign Player Allotments
Yahoo Sports, December 19th, 2007 3:45PM

MOST READ


Major League Soccer has changed its rules again, increasing the number of foreigners allowed per team from seven to eight and allowing them to trade for as many foreign player slots as they can accumulate. The move means that an MLS club could, in theory, field a team composed entirely of foreigners.

To be sure, it's a controversial decision that will no doubt anger those who believe that developing home-grown talent is the best way to improve the quality of soccer in the U.S. Will the rule change deny promising young Americans their opportunity? Are we now headed down the same road as the English Premiership where on any given Saturday just 30 percent of those who play are English?

No, says Yahoo Sports' Martin Rogers, the salary cap guards against this. Eight foreign players per team instead of seven (due to the smaller talent pool in Canada, Toronto was given a special dispensation of 10 slots, two of which must be filled by American players) will not drastically change things, although there will surely be more foreign imports in MLS in the years to come, he says. Moreover, the pie is growing bigger, especially as the league expands to include more franchises. All the rule change does is provide clubs the opportunity to bring in more talent from Central and South America, foreign players who will be spread around a greater number of clubs.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Guardiola: I Would Leave Bayern if Asked    
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he would be happy to leave the German giant after ...
Hazard a 'Major Doubt' for UCL Semi    
Chelsea on Friday confirmed that playmaker Eden Hazard is "major doubt" for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League ...
Neymar to Miss at Least Four Weeks     
Barcelona starlet Neymar looks set to miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury ...
Klinsmann on Altidore's Situation    
In the latest edition of Road to the Roster, U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann ...
Liverpool Players Lead PFA Awards Lists     
Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard were nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association's ...
Cruyff: Barca Needs to Restore Laporta, Guardiola     
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff thinks the best way to turn the Catalan giant's fortunes around is ...
Ronaldo Could Miss First Game vs. Bayern     
Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del ...
Report: Moyes Must Qualify for Europa League    
Manchester United coach David Moyes is understood to be under pressure from the Glazer family, the ...
Bayern Eases into German Cup Final     
Bayern Munich on Wednesday remained on course for a record 17th German Cup by crushing second ...
Pellegrini: 'Mentally Tired' City Not Out of Title Race    
Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Manchester City is mentally tired after his team could only manage a ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives