Friday, December 5, 2014
"the puzzle of soccer in North America"
WSJ - "MLS: Where Do We Go From Here?"
"“We all want to meet the objective of consistency,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in an interview this week. “We will have that once we are built out with the right number of teams with the right stadiums in the right markets.”
And then there is the issue of the league’s level of play. October brought a throaty squabble with Jurgen Klinsmann, coach of the U.S. men’s national team, over whether the best U.S. prospects should play in MLS—where they can help improve the quality and popularity of a league that aims to be among the world’s best by 2022—or in Europe. The best players reside there, and Klinsmann regularly and publicly states that he wants the top players to make the jump across the pond, despite MLS’s multimillion-dollar investment in domestic player development."