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Poll Results: Would you spend €100+ on Paul Pogba??

 
  • 48% (37)
    Yup, still very young and filled with potential...
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post #26911 of 50776
MLS needs more advertising, bigger and better names to draw in not only domestic views but international watchers, and most importantly more quality.


As long as MLS is being aired on FS1, it won't hit the big time. We need our **** on NBC like the other big time leagues.

MLS needs to let go of the salary cap so teams can spend on the type of players that will actually make more people want to watch.

You think these international superstars wouldn't want to come to the United States to play?


Well they ain't coming for free. Not on those scrub wages MLS players are getting paid.


MLS needs to sort out ways to start paying these players NBA/NFL contracts
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post #26912 of 50776
Only way they can start paying players NBA money is by making major deals with cable companies/league endorsements. I agree with getting rid of the salary cap. It needs to go
post #26913 of 50776
*Sigh*

The people who don't watch MLS now sure as hell weren't watching 5 years ago. If some only knew the tangible progress that's been made.

It truly is an incremental process. There's no rapid fix. It's too bad MLS doesn't get the credit it deserves for what it's accomplished in just 20 years.
post #26914 of 50776
I think it could happen, if there was a genuine interest in "spending" to make teams better in the MLS.

Somewhere in my head, I just don't think whoever is pulling the strings wants to out that much money and effort in going that length to pay these guys to play.


They keep expanding, but aren't putting money into the teams that are already around. Like you said, it will take some major tv deals and endorsements to get that kind of money.

I just wish they would. Every major city has a club. From LA to DC to NY to soon Miami. Houston, Dallas, Portland, Chicago, etc. the markets are there, and adidas is already supplying the kits. Soccer is one of the largest youth sports even in our country. So I don't see how it wouldn't be beneficial not only for the league but for owners pockets to push the sport in our country, and push the brand internationally.

But I'm not a business man, so I don't shave all the answers.

I just enjoy watching the sport so much, that I wish I could watch my team with the same pride and feeling I do when I see HEGGSY at his games.

Our league needs a push.
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post #26915 of 50776
We are in the 0 to 100 real quick generation


It's either happened instantaneously or it hasn't happened at all

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post #26916 of 50776
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Originally Posted by NorthOaklandFC View Post

*Sigh*

The people who don't watch MLS now sure as hell weren't watching 5 years ago. If some only knew the tangible progress that's been made.

It truly is an incremental process. There's no rapid fix. It's too bad MLS doesn't get the credit it deserves for what it's accomplished in just 20 years.

You're right.

But if money can turn PSG into what its become, imagine what it could do for the NY red bulls, or the LA Galaxy.

The league is definitely young, and I love watching my DC United. I just want more for the league.

And, I'm an impatient person. So I want to see it during my lifetime.
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post #26917 of 50776
I would ******* love for the MLS to even be as big as the NHL currently. It's not far off at all. I may not watch many games but I'm always looking at the week in review articles to see how certain teams/players do. Until the league improves the play on the field tho, I just can't watch it. It's tough.

Right now the league is only popular/nice ratings the following year after a WC and then it drops immediately.
post #26918 of 50776
Also the league needs to improve the field themselves, can't be having professionals play on astroturf
post #26919 of 50776
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Also the league needs to improve the field themselves, can't be having professionals play on astroturf

 

 

Professionals play league matches on turf in every country in Europe though. 

 

 

Honestly there's a ton of implicit bias when it comes to MLS. 

post #26920 of 50776
It goes beyond more money imo, The US is just not a football nation. MLS will get bigger and better once the culture of soccer in the US changes, its going to take decades for the USNT to become a regular threat amongst all the european powerhouses who breed football players everyday. We just dont hold football as highly to our other national sports, kinda with arrogance, through media, sports culture, its a sport that dosnt get much love on its on for just being a fun sport in America. We dont breed young kids like the rest of the world does, we dont have academies like the big clubs outside of the US do. Kids will play soccer when they are young here but once they get into basketball, American football, baseball, soccer is left behind as its the dream to become a professional athlete in basketball/american football/baseball because they are sports embedded strongly in our culture that are pushed at a young age, heavy scouting, heavy promoting of the national sports ACROSS EVERY SOCIAL MEDIUM, the bright lights and allure of being famous, the possible enormous pay days and maybe even getting the chance to become a huge public/social media figure outside of the sport you play in. Aint no kids in america drooling over giovinco let alone recognizing him but if *insert famous american sports player* walks by they go ape ****. Soccer is just not our national sport, it feels like the rest of the world for the most part, soccer is the number sport. We are what feels like a century behind in truly embracing soccer fully into our culture and holding it as high as the other national sports.
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post #26921 of 50776

tbh, alot of what you mentioned in America lacking (academies, little incentives to continue playing as the get older, etc) I strongly believe it is changing little by little

 

in the last year, I've heard and read more about academies popping up and developing than I ever have

 

MLS clubs have all been pumping more and more money into their academies and that is only going to help

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post #26922 of 50776
I agree, it is changing little by little, and i do believe that we've made a step into making soccer a popular sport in america by promoting all these USNT matches and MLS games but i feel the progress right now is incremental and will be slower than what the avid soccer fan in america wants to see. The quality on the pitch for MLS matches just tells everything, all these american pros look robotic, no rythm, no natural creativity/finesse like the rest of the world has that came from having a ball at their feet since youth playing everyday. It seems we dont start until college in shaping our youth foundation for the pros but either way there is only one way to get where US wants to be and at least they are investing more into the youth and in the league more than it was before.
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post #26923 of 50776
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post #26924 of 50776
Until we get a MLS team in AZ I'm not interested.
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post #26925 of 50776
MLS will never be good as the European leagues in my lifetime.
Still a fun league to watch though imo. Then again I'm a Galaxy season ticket holder, so I'm biased laugh.gif
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post #26926 of 50776
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Quote:
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Also the league needs to improve the field themselves, can't be having professionals play on astroturf


Professionals play league matches on turf in every country in Europe though. 


Honestly there's a ton of implicit bias when it comes to MLS. 
This is true, there's teams in the Eredivisie and Liga MX that have turf in their stadium. sick.gif

I thought FIFA had a universal regulation for pitch size and surface?

Turf is pure garbage and I don't know how these MLS players do it sliding all across the field. Not to mention they usually wear FG boots on artificial grass. I know their feet must hurt and be hot as **** sick.gif
post #26927 of 50776
They definitely need to get rid of turf fields for the pros. I miss playing on real grass. Growing up every field i played on was grass (some dirt and grass others mostly grass). But i haven't played a competitive game on grass in 2 years now mean.gif

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post #26929 of 50776
Thread Starter 
I think if you rounded up all the footy fans in this country and forced them to be MLS fans, the MLS would be at the hockey level of popularity and get way better ratings along with a following...

Unfortunately if you're a footy fan in this country - chances are you're not an MLS fan (I fall into that category and I can't help it, sorry).
post #26930 of 50776
Personally I have no incentive to watch MLS, I already my interest heavily invested in CFB, NFL, NBA, La Liga, EPL. That's more than enough for me and I know I'm not missing out anything with the MLS.

Team USA also doesn't help out MLS's cause, they're an absolutely awful watch, for the most part your domestic league & national team will always be linked.

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post #26931 of 50776
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Until we get a MLS team in AZ I'm not interested.


We'll prolly see a club in Temecula before AZ
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post #26932 of 50776
As a Portland Timbers fan I feel blessed to be apart of a passionate fan base that was with the team since Day 1. I don't know but something about the Pacific Northwest has people supporting anything local. We bleed our team colors and have probably the best rivalry in the MLS between Seattle and Vancouver that incites our fandom even more. We also even have our own Cascadia Cup between the 3 teams.

Its probably a lot easier for us since we have limited teams to root for, but I don't know how other cities don't find a way to copy our blueprint and support their local club especially with bigger populations and bigger star players. Of course the quality isn't there but that's the beauty of the MLS. The sport isn't gonna be world class over night. You don't watch the MLS for world class performances, you watch because you want to support your local team and want it to grow even bigger one day. Barcelona wasnt built in one day.
post #26933 of 50776

I had no incentive to watch MLS either outside of highlights and the playoffs but thats changing in 2017 with Atlanta United :hat 

 

Still hate that name though :rolleyes:lol 

 

Also I do believe that MLS has made progress and will gain more traction as far as joining the ranks of the top American sports it will just be a while.


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post #26934 of 50776
I kinda see what you guys are saying. If i lived close to a soccer team...if Baltimore got their own team i would probably support. I mean i am not really a baseball fan and i go to O's games because its close easy and fun to attend. Id do the same for a soccer team...probably even more so since i actually like the sport.

But as a casual fan...i can't watch MLS. Its like watching the NBA - D league. Why would i do that when i can watch the NBA? I have La-liga and the EPL and now even some Budisliga games being televised. Thats not even going across sports
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post #26935 of 50776
The NBA D-League comparison is spot on. Its a grind most games because the quality is poor and when the great players shine its like everyone else is so pedestrian. If you don't have a team to root for its awful because there's no incentive for you to watch. What I don't get is the people who actually live in MLS cities and complain about how poor it is. Amazing things still happen in these games. Que the Amarikwa 30 yd chip and Higuain Bycycle against the Timbers so far in the first 2 games of the season. World Class goals.

Its about being a fan and being loyal to your local team. If I wanted to watch great basketball I'd watch the Spurs and Warriors play every night but since I'm a fan of my hometown team I still watch and support them even if my team sucks. Same logic for the MLS. We can't all be Spurs and Warrior fans and we all can't be Barcelona and Bayern Munich fans. I don't get the logic of turning a blind eye to your MLS team when the other sports teams you root for probably aren't far off better.
post #26936 of 50776
This is a good discussion. If I could chime in:

Not even two years ago I thought that soccer was the wackest sport in the world. Didn't know anything about it, just "knew" it was boring. That's what's going through the minds of so many people here. I think soccer just isn't athletic enough, in the sense that you have those like Messi, who looks like a guy off the street, completely dominate the game. Save for maybe baseball, the best players in our sports are freaks (notable exception Steph Curry). It's in our heritage to want something bigger, faster, stronger, than the rest, it's why we do so well in the Olympics. Soccer is a sport you have to appreciate as an art form, that skill is way more important than athleticism, although it is a nice bonus. I think soccer will really get on within the next 50 years tho, because I really see the NFL and MLB decline in popularity. NBA is on the rise, but MLS and soccer in general will supersede those two when the time comes.

Edit: btw anyone, are the kits cheaper to get at the stadiums? My friend is in London rn and I'm trying to get a jersey if they have it for the low @HEGGSY@rck3sactown

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post #26937 of 50776
Soccer will never supercede American football here, american football is just religious and part of the fabric of society in parts of this country as is soccer is overseas.
post #26938 of 50776
The more mls expands, the more the product on the field is diluted. The USA has the best leagues in the world for basketball, hockey, baseball, and football because they pay the most and the competition is the highest level. The mls is in competition with Mexico, Spain, England, Italy, Germany, and France for the highest level of players. Players can make just as much overseas, and play against the best in the world.

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post #26939 of 50776
MLS should be 20 teams max
post #26940 of 50776
I hate the playoff system in MLS too. They should do like everyone else does in the world. It actually makes it more interesting
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