The popularity of soccer in the United States has increased greatly in the last ten years.
Major League Soccer has become a more respected league with better competition. The MLS All-Stars were able to defeat the European Champions, Chelsea, in the All-Star game in July 2012. With this kind of success, MLS players are more recognisable than ever.
Like any player, those in the MLS want to play for one thing. The MLS title. They want the prestige that comes with being champions. Could they be given more to work for?
In every sport, there will be teams that have a trying season. Soccer is no different. In every other league around the world, teams that struggle get relegated to a lesser division. Why not implement that into the MLS?
Not only would this give struggling teams a reason to keep fighting, but also teams in lower divisions (NASL and USL) could work their way up the top flight. It would give them something to strive for.
The MLS has been working hard to be recognised in world football. They are becoming closer to reaching this goal. If they model their league ranking system after the best leagues in the world, they will start to compete as a global force.
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