MLS: a durable institution?

An interesting article today on the Guardian’s Sport Blog about the rise of MLS in the US:

Guardian Unlimited: Sport blog: Why soccer in the USA is here to stay

Long story short, the author cites reasonable expectations on revenues, sensible salary management, and the draft system as reasons why MLS has been able to survive, and the growing numbers of “soccer specific” stadia as a linchpin for future growth.

The comments from various readers are well worth a look also: particularly insightful (i.e., something I agreed with previously) were comments about the need to find ways to get Hispanic players in the mix, and the shortcomings of closely emulating the NFL approach of drafting primarily from universities, as opposed to using the US League and other regional leagues as minor leagues and lower divisions.

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