By Paul Kennedy
How close is MLS to achieving its goal of being among the world's premier soccer leagues? In a survey of the world's top leagues by monthly magazine World Soccer, MLS ranked seventh.
According a tweet by Sporting Intelligence, the German Bundesliga is the top league in the World Soccer rankings followed by the English Premier League. Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A and Brazil's Serie A rounded out the top five.
Mexico's Liga MX was sixth ahead of MLS, which finished in front of France's Ligue 1, the Netherlands' Eredivisie and Argentina's Primera Division in the top 10.
The survey took into account attendance, finances, goals, competitiveness, caliber of players and coaches, stadiums and success in continental competitions.
MLS has recently stated as its goal to be among the world's premier soccer leagues by 2022.
SPORTING KC SELLS OUT SEASON TICKETS. Sporting Kansas City's allotment of 14,000 season tickets for the 2013 season at Sporting Park are sold out. Beginning on Wednesday, prospective season-ticket members may join the club's waiting list by placing a $50 non-refundable deposit per season ticket request.
"We've seen a tremendous response from our fans for tickets," said Jake Reid, Sporting Kansas City's chief revenue officer. "Their support is what makes the atmosphere at Sporting Park so incredible. Our season ticket base is the strongest it has ever been and this plan will ensure that new fans and groups have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of attending our matches this season."
Sporting Kansas City leads all MLS teams in new season-ticket members for 2013 and have averaged over a 90% season-ticket member renewal rate for the last three seasons.
THE SOCCER DON IN ACTION. Want to see MLS commissioner Don Garber at work in his New York office? He answers questions from fans via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, a tough afternoon as his favorite, Barcelona, got hammered by Bayern Munich, 4-0 in the UEFA Champions League.
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