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Will MLS continue to be a Mickey Mouse league?

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Regarded by many as a Mickey Mouse league, the signing of Spanish striker David Villa to New York City shows that the MLS is beginning to flex its muscles.

The MLS has often been associated with players at the end of their career who are looking to make a lot of money in the quickest time possible with David Beckham probably the best example when he made the switch from Spanish giants Real Madrid to play for the LA Galaxy.

Despite retiring from football the former England captain still wants to remain part of the MLS by exercising his clause to start a franchise in Miami.

New Yorks City FC's first ever signing shows the intent of one of the league's newest outfits and with the franchise owned by Manchester City as well as baseball franchise the New York Yankees the arrival of Villa is unlikely to be the last big name.

With the news that Frank Lampard has held talks with the American outfit also there could be still be more big name signings to come, and with their home games will also be played at the Yankee stadium big crowds could come to watch.

The 35 year old is part of Roy Hodgson's 23 man squad in Brazil ahead of the World Cup which shows that despite his age he can still play against some of worlds best - a term that has often been used to describe the veteran midfielder often enough in the past.

As a free agent Chelsea will not receive a fee for their all time top goal scorer, if the deal is finalised.

Brazilian keeper Juilio Cesar has also made the move to play in the MLS, as well as former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry who now plays for New Yorks other franchise, the Red Bulls.

Alongside the influx of talent from outside North America, some home grown players can not be discounted as well.

Landon Donovan did not look out of place with loan spells at Bayern Munich and Everton a there will now be money in the game than ever before, with owners looking to invest year on year to get the best players possible whether that is at home or abroad.

One thing that can be seen through organizations like the NBA and the NFL is that serious money can be made in America through sport.

The LA clippers for example are expected to be sold for two billion dollars in the coming days.

 If this kind of financial backing continues the MLS will have to considered as one of the powerhouses of world football.

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