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Old 07-26-2012, 05:29 PM   #1101
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Sorry Reno, but you are deluded. Not to say it won;t happen one day, but not yet by a long way.

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Old 07-26-2012, 05:32 PM   #1102
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When the MLS allstars lose its because the MLS can't compete. When they win it's because the other team sucked.

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Old 07-26-2012, 05:54 PM   #1103
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When the MLS allstars lose its because the MLS can't compete. When they win it's because the other team sucked.
HA! You beat me to it.

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Do you honestly think LA Galaxy could play on the same pitch as Bayern Munchen?

Look at how badly the MLS teams do in the crappy champions league over here, where its basically teams from Mexico vs teams from MLS. If you can't win the, what is it called, concacaf champions league? You can't compete with the best teams in Europe, and typically, the Bundesliga is producing one or two of the top 15 teams in the whole of Europe.

Also, does any other league have an "all star" team that plays off season powerhouse teams? The mls was designed to be like all other american sports, and that is one of its biggest hurdles. Having a playoff system, while entertaining, i don't think is the best thing for the league. There's just too much in the way for them to keep up with leagues that have been playing in the hotbeds of football for hundreds of years.

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Okay, here's the deal: the CONCACAF Champions League is a different beast then UEFA.... Honduran/Mexican/Columbian/etc. atmospheres are brutal and unlike anything in UEFA, and players who come over from Europe can attest to that. CONCACAF clubs outside of US and Canada have a severe home-field advantage.

Not only that but the CCL has only recently been given a lot of attention by the domestic league. It used to be just something that got in the way of the regular season because schedule is different for MLS than any other league in the world. But now MLS clubs have 30 man rosters to increase their depth to be able to compete in said tournament.

And as far as playoffs go... I'd much rather have playoffs in which somebody can rise from 10th seed to win it instead of a small handful (read: four) of clubs in EPL winning it every single friggin time. Seriously, what's so exciting about a club clinching the league championship weeks before the season is over? Great, that just rendered the remaining matches null-and-void, save the relegation battle.

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Sorry Reno, but you are deluded. Not to say it won;t happen one day, but not yet by a long way.
Sorry, just call 'em like I see 'em


Also, here are some things MLS clubs have to deal with that no other league in the world has to:

- Ridiculously massive travel distances. In 2010 Seattle traveled 49,500 miles for MLS matches only, not including CCL or US Open Cup. In 2011, Vancouver
topped it with 52,000 miles. Other leagues in tiny countries have a fraction of a fraction of the travel distance.

- PARITY! I honestly can't put enough emphasis on that first word. That might be what sets us apart the most from the rest of the world. MLS wanted to make sure it survived in its early years, and as such they instituted a salary cap to keep things as level and competitive as possible. Granted, there are new loopholes like the Designated Player Rule.... but still, if MLS can keep up with and even beat European clubs who can spend ungodly amounts of money to get players, then I'd say that's another point in the favor of MLS. And along with parity comes the single-entity ownership of the league and thus the Allocation process, which levels things out even more.

- Scheduling. MLS runs March-November (including playoffs) as opposed to the major Euro leagues. Because of this, MLS clubs have to deal with CCL, US Open Cup, players missing due to international duty, and friendlies from off-season Euro clubs, all right smack in the middle of their regular season. And while the Eurosnobs clamor for MLS to match up their scheduling with Europe, it's quite obvious to actual American soccer fans that playing a match in December/January/February in Toronto, Montreal, New York, etc., is 100% out of the question. We don't get the warm current from the Gulf of Mexico like Europe does, essentially preventing western Europe from being a solid block of ice in winter.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:11 PM   #1104
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Other things worth noting:

- Toronto FC, arguably the worst club in the league, finished level against a Liverpool side that had most of their starters... and TFC were leading for a while. Not only that but TFC had a trialist in goal.
- LA Galaxy drew with Tottenham, and LA had a very rag-tag lineup that was mostly youngins
- If MLS is so below the other leagues, why do they all come over to play us in their preseason? Why not A-League, J-League, or the Mexican Primera? And why are all of the big names in international soccer now showing interest and coming over to MLS?


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- Let's also not forget that MLS is in its 17th season, keeping up with clubs that are a century old.

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Old 07-26-2012, 06:44 PM   #1105
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- If MLS is so below the other leagues, why do they all come over to play us in their preseason? Why not A-League, J-League, or the Mexican Primera? And why are all of the big names in international soccer now showing interest and coming over to MLS?
That is easy, MONEY.

Don't get me wrong. I am not dogging the MLS. I was watching and traveling to matches from its inception till about 5 years ago. I moved to Europe and haven't kept up as much as I would have liked over this time. There are plenty of individuals that are highly skilled and could fit into European clubs, we all have seen this. The league as a whole, in my opinion, might be equivalent to the SPL at this stage. It will continue to improve and I do hope it gets to the level of play of the top European leagues.

As far as the Chelsea match, why would a manager come out and say "well we are just working on some things here, we aren't concerned with the outcome". Because that is disrespectful and doesn't put butts in seats. Chelsea couldn't give a toss either way. They treat it like any other preseason match and work on things.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:49 PM   #1106
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Well fair enough. Those are certainly some sound and reasonable points.

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Old 07-26-2012, 07:35 PM   #1108
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As far as the Chelsea match, why would a manager come out and say "well we are just working on some things here, we aren't concerned with the outcome". Because that is disrespectful and doesn't put butts in seats. Chelsea couldn't give a toss either way. They treat it like any other preseason match and work on things.
I see it this way. Are Chelsea going to treat it with the same level of determination they did the CL final. No, this isn't even in the same universe as that. Are they just out there to kick the ball around and work on things? I really doubt it. What with Man U basically rolling the All Stars the last two years running I'm pretty sure Chelsea was gunning for the same result. I think it's expected of EPL clubs the likes of Chelsea and up to come over here and make short work of the MLS All Stars. Sort of an England expects thing if you will. So yes, this may not have been the same focused determined Chelsea that attained European glory this summer, but they definitely weren't the indifferent "we're just here to work on match fitness" team either.

As far as comparing the MLS to other leagues, I've grown tired of it honestly. We're a young league that doesn't even play competitively against any of the leagues we're held up to. I have no delusions of US challenging for top honors in the European leagues but past that I can't definitively say how well most of the teams would do in say the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 etc. Some will do better than others and some will probably get relegated rather quickly, but who really knows. The bottom line is that for a 17 year old league we're doing quite well for ourselves.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:20 PM   #1109
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I for one am a fan of the playoff system. Call me an american elitist if you will haha.

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Hmmmm, where to start.. first off, it comes down to money. I think either last year or in the last few years Man U has had the largest sports payroll on the planet for a team. These guys make the Yankees look tight. When Man U played Seattle last year Seattle's entire payroll was 3.4 million, or in other words what Rooney played the match with in his back pocket. The rest was in his other jeans at his flat. I think Man U's starting 11 made more than the MLS put out in payroll.

The MLS has a solid business model going, slowly growing and actually creating a demand for tickets. Had they gone "cosmos" the league would have folded again. This time they are using a more sane approach. Limited seating makes demand where people can't sit on their arse till game time to decide to go. I used to be heavily involved with the old Sounders and while they put a good product on the field for the price, they had to compete with a Sunny Seattle day for attendence. No limited seating, no demand. As you can see they figured it out for the MLS version.

The MLS can field some competitive teams that would or could fill the bottom tier of the epl. but just like those teams there now, it's payroll payroll payroll. The top of the table EPL teams or for that matter any league SPEND money for quality. Often times it works, sometimes it doesn't.. look at the Rangers.

Those knocking the mexican league aren't really following soccer. The Mexican league is considered very good and very strong. A little corupt, but we're learning that about all of them these days.

And again anybody who thinks these euro sides are just mailing it in, do you really understand professional sport? You think any of those players for Chelsea were mailing it in? Do you honestly think they f around with their paycheck? Everything at that level is about competition, you slag off and you're gone, freindly or not. The only thing a coach would do is limit playing time for his premier players. Usually to build to match fitness or avoid injury. NOBODY on Chelsea or any other side touring America is dogging it. Any player that is, you won't see next year.....

Why to they come to America to play? Top notch places to train, a clean water supply, Food that doesn't create food posioning, to expand the brand, to look at the american youth for possible future players. When I was doing my thing with Seattle, they were looking at a partnership of sorts with verder bremen to develop players in both countries. Seattle provided playing time and training to up and comers and VB took several sounders over for training. Houston's current GK was a 14 year old then and a lot of eyes were on that kid. Very talented.

So the all star outcome. Good for the ego, good for the brand. A bit embarassing for Chelsea. Does it mean we can compete with Chelsea on a regular basis? no. But still an enjoyable match to watch. Ecept just like Man U's coach, Chelsea's coach points out Ozzy Alonso.... How long Seattle keeps him with Seattle? maybe not beyond this season. He may be the next "American" to go to the EPL. Not bad for someone who's been an American for less than 30 days.

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