It hasn't been a good mid-week for MLS sides in continental action this week.

Well that's an understatement truth be told, it was a disaster.

Every single MLS side - Sporting Kansas City, LA Galaxy, and the San Jose Earthquakes - all went into their games against Mexican sides in the CONCACAF Champions League in good or great positions to progress to the semi-finals.

Fast forward two days and they have all been systematically knocked out of the competition by Cruz Azul, Club Tijuana, and Toluca respectively. 

It's depressing not only for fans of the beaten teams but MLS fans in general, just knowing how far they are behind their rivals across that border.

Commissioner Don Garber and his cohorts will be incredibly dis-pleased as well.

The big boss is always boasting about how fast that MLS is expanding, the quality of its players and teams,  and how it is one of the best growing leagues outside of Europe. 

It's all well and good saying these things, but there is absolutely nothing to back it up.

And it all starts with the salary cap. Garber, team presidents and league writers rejoice when big name players like Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey join the league with prime years of their careers ahead of them.

But they are the incredibly small minority.

At the other end of the scale - and the salary cap - is the players who should be nowhere near a first team roster and are being paid the type of money that proves it.

The MLS salary cap is just too restrictive when it comes to enabling the strength in depth needed to compete in both the domestic game, and on the continent. But this doesn't look like changing any time soon.

The fact that the Mexican sides are fully in their stride and at full game fitness while their North American adversaries have just started their season doesn't help either.

So there are two ways to solve that. Lobby to move the quarter finals to a few weeks deeper in to the regular season, or push the season forward thereby making the games part of pre-season and not clashing with regular season games, which force teams to play weakened sides and thusly be crushed 5-1 like Sporting were last night.

You can't have your cake and eat it Mr Garber. No matter how much you hype MLS and its teams you simply have to make changes that give your sides a better chance of winning.

Even if it means swallowing some of that pride.

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