David Beckham's new franchise has gained a lot of popularity for Major League Soccer, as one of the most reputable personality figures in the world continues to build the foundations for starting a soccer team in Miami.
He benefits from the fact that Miami is the home of the Miami Heat, and he will be getting support from popular figures such as Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.
He is building his franchise in a beautiful city where soccer will have a major attraction, especially from the Hispanic community that can boast themselves as having the some of the best soccer in America.
However, despite all the attractions and popular figures that have surrounded the up and coming club, can the MLS ever shine in a football world dominated by Europe?
Simply stated, Major League Soccer is, in comparison to the European Leagues, awful.
The players lack the quality that European countries boast of. Players such as Mesut Ozil, Wayne Rooney, Xavi, and Andrea Pirlo come from the top leagues in Europe and show off their skills on the ball every game.
These types of players are vital because soccer is a game for entertainment. Millions of people across the world watch soccer because they enjoy watching it, and consequently, feel passionate about it.
Soccer should be a game that is pleasing to the eye, easy to watch and filled with drama.
While MLS might be filled with drama, the players lack quality and the game is difficult to watch.
It is no wonder that Americans complain of the boredom they experience while watching soccer because the play that they are exposed to is blatantly poor.
Most of the play consists of long balls and, while there is some fantastic play, it comes as a rarity. There are simply not enough skilled players in the United States.
The average player in the MLS is nowhere near the average player in the Premier League, La Liga, or the Bundesliga.
The best player in the MLS is Clint Dempsey, a bit-part player at Tottenham. How is it that the best player in the United States is a regular on the subs bench at a team that cannot even make the Champions League.
In the end, the United States needs a culture change. While American football and basketball are the most popular sports in America, soccer needs to find its way among the country's population.
This has begun as soccer has become the most popular sport among youths in America, however, as the children get older the more athletic people tend to stray towards football and basketball because that is how they will get scholarships to go to college.
There are few scholarship opportunities for Men's soccer, in contrast to Women's soccer, and as a result the play in college becomes poor.
The MLS gets their players through a draft system, and they draft players from colleges. And in the end, the players coming out of college are poor and the players entering the MLS are poor.
MLS needs a popular figure to come into the league and bring in quality players so that the league becomes more attractive. David Beckham can be that figure.
If he can persuade some of the best players across the globe to apply their trade in the United States, then maybe the MLS can become a popular league and worldwide spectacle.
Until then, Europe will continue to reign supreme in the footballing world.
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