A random USMNT observation

Discussion in 'Prem talk, Those Other Leagues, and International' started by jumpkutz, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Louisville, KY
  2. ChicagoCottager

    ChicagoCottager Active Member

    Jan 16, 2015
    Nice find Jump.

    This article really addresses the new-found ability of MLS teams to acquire and retain top American talent. It's a real catch-22. On the one hand, keeping these players strengthens the league, and domestic American soccer as a whole. However, for the individual player, coming back to MLS (or staying in MLS) probably limits their development and hurts the USMNT. So what's good for the league isn't necessarily good for the player.

    In the short-term, I think USMNT players staying in MLS does hurt the national team. On the other hand, keeping these players boosts the standard of the league (not to mention its popularity). So in the long-run I'm hopeful that keeping USMNT players in MLS will improve the standard of American players coming through the ranks. But only time will tell.
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  3. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Walnut, CA
    I understood when Bradley and Deuce came back, no one in their right mind would turn down significant pay raises (plus those two have young families) at the opportunity to be closer to other relatives and a familiar lifestyle. However, I was shocked when Besler didn't strike when the iron was hot and leave (his salary KC is solid, but he could've done better overseas). Great for MLS, but bad for the Nats in the short term as CC says. US fans tend to have an inferiority complex about this sport, we are dying to have players succeed in the best leagues.
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