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
Eleven Big Issues Facing MLS
US Soccer Players, September 25th, 2008 12:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The Web site for the U.S. national team players' association sets out 11 issues that Major League Soccer needs to tackle in an editorial well worth reading in full.

The list starts with player relations and pay, the league not having done "even the little things that a front office worker would expect" for its players. Then there's the time-line for future expansion, a move that could be "as much of a negative as a positive. How is the League prepared to deal with the basic issues around expansion that everybody remotely interested in the League is already discussing?"

Issue three is the calendar, with the current fixture burden of D.C. United and Houston in the Concacaf Champions League proof that "the League failed to act before this became such an obvious issue." There's the overall problem of poor officiating, and then the vagaries of the player development system, pointed up recently in the U.K. media by departed L.A. coach Ruud Gullit. A team develops a player, only to lose him before he's played a senior game.

There's the inherent conflict of interest in the MLS marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing, promoting events that rival MLS. There are the Kansas City Wizards, "playing in an independent league baseball stadium while trying to make a project bigger than just a soccer-specific stadium a reality." And there's the question of Canada. If so many owners are willing to buy into Canadian expansion franchises, "why isn't there a Canadian first division?"

The list is rounded off by Sunil Gulati's dual role as both US Soccer Federation and New England president; player movement to Europe and "a feeling that even marginal American talent should be over there"; and the forthcoming close attention of FIFA to a possible 20-team MLS and the league's disregard of the international calendar. Discuss.

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
Nasri to Miss a Month Following Surgery     
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will miss a month after having groin surgery over the weekend. ...
Herrera Out as Man United Injury Crisis Worsens    
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be out for "weeks" with a fractured rib in yet ...
Giroud Signs Gunners Extension    
Goal.com reports that injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has signed a two-year contract extension with the ...
Defender Helped Finance Barca Move    
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu on Monday confirmed that he paid three million euros out of his ...
Man United Mulls Midweek Friendlies Abroad    
The BBC reports that Manchester United is thinking about playing potentially lucrative midweek friendlies abroad since ...
Cole 'Never Expected' to Play Against Lampard in UCL    
AS Roma defender Ashley Cole said he was surprised to come up against former Chelsea teammate ...
Luis Suarez Ban Upheld in FIFA 15     
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is not currently playable in the "career mode" of FIFA 15, the ...
Simeone: Juve a 'Final'    
It may only be Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League, but Diego Simeone is already ...
Report: Pardew's Job Safe-for Now     
Newcastle United is currently 19th in the Premier League table and winless in six games so ...
Life on the road with Badgers    
What's life like on the road in the fall for a Division I soccer player? For ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives