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David Beckham is wrong about the MLS

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David Beckham may not have the whole MLS figured out just yet.
David Beckham may not have the whole MLS figured out just yet..

Figures were released by the MLS Players Union on Thursday which show that seven MLS players earn more than some teams entire squad.

Ex- Fulham and current Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey topped the list as he is due to earn a massive $6.6 million this year.

Only four teams have a squad that amasses to more than that as a whole and they are Toronto FC, LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and of course the Sounders themselves.

Dempsey isn't the only player in this position though, Michael Bradley- once of Roma now playing for Toronto and Tottenham Hotspur legend Jermaine Defoe both earn more than 15 of the 19 MLS team squads.

Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill are the other four players on the list.

As a rule, the MLS allows up to three players whose signings do not count against a teams salary cap figures which stands at $3.1 million.

David Beckham spoke out about the MLS salary cap recently and suggested that it should be scrapped like what we see in European football.

The MLS currently has an average base salary of $186,258 which may not necessarily be a bad thing.

You only need to look at the likes of the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball to see how large salaries can impact on players personal lives.

Detroit Tigers First Baseman Miguel Cabrera signed a contract extension recently which was pretty much off the charts, it guaranteed Cabrera $292 million over the next 10 years which is proof of what an unrestricted sport can come too.

The removal of a salary cap could be both positive and negative for the MLS in terms of which players decide to make the move across the Atlantic.

Undoubtedly over recent years it has become usual for players when perhaps they pass their peak to move to another, somewhat lesser league to play out their final days.

Emile Heskey and Robbie Fowler went to Australia while many players have followed Beckham's example by moving to the US.

So lets go with the benefits of the salary cap being in place shall we?

Firstly, it ensures that the league remains filled with predominantly home grown talent where players like Dempsey and Bradley can learn their skills and then consider moving abroad.

It keeps the league being known as raw talent and there happens to be many people who enjoy the MLS just as it is.

But there are also many positives to the salary cap being removed.

Many big names from more soccer loving countries around the world would be more willing to move to the MLS should there be big wages on offer.

When Manchester City had their big take over, it showed the world just how easily players are willing to drop teams they've been with for years for a bit more money- particularly Arsenal players.

An influx of big names can only be good for the league really but with it, as always comes some negativity.

It could result in some talented youngsters being left out of the best teams and not getting the chance to shine when they most need it.

What about the concept of separation?

The teams with financial backing are able to pull away and become powerhouses within the US game whilst the teams who don't have the funds are left behind.

There are many bonuses to the salary cap being removed but in the end, it would probably do more harm than good.

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Tim Cahill
David Beckham
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Thierry Henry
Robbie Keane
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