MLS is more competitive than the Premier League, claims league's commissioner

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Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has criticised the Premier League of becoming too much of a foregone conclusion each year, citing the MLS as the more competitive league out of the two.

Garber told Soccerex, as reported by the Guardian, that each team competing in the MLS holds belief that they can win the league title each season, whereas the Premier League generally consists of just three of four teams capable of the same achievement respectively.

He said: "We see some of the challenges of competing in the Premier League. We have wealthy owners but we are very committed to the idea that at the start of every season every fan can think their team can win a championship.


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"We want someone in Kansas City, even though they are smaller than New York City, to think they can win the title.”

Indeed, Kansas City are one of nine different victors during the past 20 years of the MLS - the Premier League, meanwhile, has seen only five different winners in 23 years: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Blackburn.

The model implemented by Garber is certainly admirable and does create a more even playing field, with Kansas' triumph coming despite the side containing just one designated player.

However, the MLS does not contain excitement at both ends of the table in quite the same way as the Premier League, given that their system provides no threat of relegation or ambition for promotion.

Garber, however, refuted the claim that this diminished their credibility and insisted it would not be implemented "any time soon".

He added: "We play in a country where the major leagues are really successful. There is no promotion and relegation in hockey and basketball and they work really well."

Garber also admitted his desire to promote a competition between the winners of the cup and league competitions in both England in America, whilst also confirming that progress is being made as David Beckham, a former LA Galaxy player, attempts to start a franchise in Miami.

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