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By: Ben Waldron 13 Jan 2014 10:25:09

Is it about time the MLS got more attention than it's currently receiving?

The MLS itself has yet to become a truly recognised and respected league in the world of football, however after Jermaine Defoe’s confirmed move from Tottenham Hotspur to Toronto FC, is it about time the league from over the pond got a bit more recognition?

Despite calling the beautiful game, ‘soccer’, big name players have made the transition over to the ‘States’. From arguably ‘past their best’ players, such as Robbie Keane, David Beckham, Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry, to players in the prime period of their careers like Jermaine Defoe, Michael Bradley, Bradley Wright Phillips and Clint Dempsey.

The fans in the MLS are something to be admired, as large crowds turn out for each game and sing throughout, despite being clearly different to the ‘yobs’ we see in the Premier league week in, week out, they’re there for the spectacle, which is quite refreshing to see.

Players of who are forgotten about, reaching the climax of their careers, being left on the bench, make the occasional cup fixture are now given the chance to become a first team hero again. When you look at Tim Cahill, clearly lost his place in the Everton side, wouldn’t get into many other Premier league sides, yet went to New York Red Bulls and is now worshipped by the fans, and is a major fixture in the Red Bulls side, lining up next to French legend, Thierry Henry.

Large money has been injected into the MLS, resulting in large money deals taking these big name players across the pond, and it’s all just investments, L.A Galaxy was put on the map and became without a doubt the largest and best known MLS club when David Beckham transferred from Real Madrid, despite paying Beckham 32.5 Million dollars over five years, between shirt sales and ticket prices and the promotion pushes, this amount would’ve certainly been rejuvenated.

So is the ‘branded’ style of the MLS the future of football?The MLS itself has yet to become a truly recognised and respected league in the world of football, however after Jermaine Defoe’s confirmed move from Tottenham Hotspur to Toronto FC, is it about time the league from over the pond got a bit more recognition?

Despite calling the beautiful game, ‘soccer’, big name players have made the transition over to the ‘States’. From arguably ‘past their best’ players, such as Robbie Keane, David Beckham, Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry, to players in the prime period of their careers like Jermaine Defoe, Michael Bradley, Bradley Wright Phillips and Clint Dempsey.

The fans in the MLS are something to be admired, as large crowds turn out for each game and sing throughout, despite being clearly different to the ‘yobs’ we see in the Premier league week in, week out, they’re there for the spectacle, which is quite refreshing to see.

Players of who are forgotten about, reaching the climax of their careers, being left on the bench, make the occasional cup fixture are now given the chance to become a first team hero again. When you look at Tim Cahill, clearly lost his place in the Everton side, wouldn’t get into many other Premier league sides, yet went to New York Red Bulls and is now worshipped by the fans, and is a major fixture in the Red Bulls side, lining up next to French legend, Thierry Henry.

Large money has been injected into the MLS, resulting in large money deals taking these big name players across the pond, and it’s all just investments, L.A Galaxy was put on the map and became without a doubt the largest and best known MLS club when David Beckham transferred from Real Madrid, despite paying Beckham 32.5 Million dollars over five years, between shirt sales and ticket prices and the promotion pushes, this amount would’ve certainly been rejuvenated.

So is the ‘branded’ style of the MLS the future of football?

 


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