The MLS is almost certainly the fastest rising league in world football.
The league is expanding year on year, attendances keep on increasing, television viewing figures are on the rise, and star players keep on migrating to the States.
Gennaro Gattuso has been in Montreal this week, and when questioned by Goal.com on the standard of football in North America the former Italian international and World Cup winner, was incredibly complementary to the emerging.
Gattuso stated that Serie A is now lagging greatly behind the top leagues, and after talking about the Bundesliga and the Premier League, he name-dropped Major League Soccer:
“Even in MLS you see a lot of change," Gattuso said. "With the players that are coming here and a lot of money is being invested in the game, so things are really moving here too. Already you see it with the U.S. national team that already plays very well.”
According to the piece, Gattuso also went on to say that he saw more and more players moving to America and Canada in the prime of their careers, with the salary cap and Designated Player ruling providing more stability than the financial messes that some teams in the top leagues find themselves in.
There is no doubt that MLS is a league that is only on the up and is slowly becoming one of the top leagues outside of Europe.
The start of the season proves just how much it has come on leaps and bounds since its formation in 1997.
The opening games have been played out in front of multiple sold out crowds, with 40,000 in attendance for the league opener between Seatlle and Sporting Kansas City.
The additions of Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and Julio Cesar prove that the league is an attractive option to players in their peak and Commissioner Don Garber and co. will be hoping this can continue.