US Soccer Is In Trouble

Ethan Tait

America is a backwards country. The rest of world uses the metric system and we elected inches and feet. For the most part, the rest of footballing world has a relegation system and we have a system that is about as disconnected as Manchester United from the Champions League. 

The oft-forgotten NASL is struggling financially which could spell the end for the “second division” of American soccer as early as 2017.

Without a level of play between the MLS and the USL, what will this mean for US Soccer growth?

Youth Players Will Suffer

The stagnation of the US Soccer has started as top players have opted to make the jump overseas earlier and earlier with players like Christian Pulisic, Gedion Zelalem, and Julian Green. The MLS is no longer an option for American soccer players where the league values big-name, retirement bound players over the growth of US Soccer.

A disconnect between the levels of soccer will cause the demise of the MLS as the growth of players would be dependent on a sink or swim basis; the players either make it in the MLS and make the adjustment quickly or find themselves stuck in the lower levels of American soccer.

Jurgen Klinsmann has expressed his dislike for the MLS and the lack of opportunities young players get in the MLS.

We struggle traditionally with our 18 to 23-year-old generation. Who would have given Christian Pulisic a chance here [in MLS] as a 17-year-old to play?

Here, in the U.S. you call a younger player a rookie at the age of 22. At 22 in Europe, if you’re not broken through yet, you’re done. They move you down to third or fourth level.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Klinsmann is right, MLS teams don’t trust young talent. Without high-level game like situations, players will stagnate and not reach their potential as fast as they should.

Top Talent Won’t Join MLS

The MLS is the retirement league of the world where class players go to collect Social Security checks and end their careers on a high note; the only exception to the trend being Sebastian Giovinco.

Until MLS can consistently bring in top foreign talent, the league will be regarded as the ugly step-sister that was twice removed in the world of football. It will be seen as a joke of league that pays well (for the most part).

To leave a top league like the Premier League, La Liga, or the Bundesliga would take a hell of a lot more than a pay raise.

Without a European set up and promotion/relegation system, the league will continue to be a joke. In the typical American fashion, poor performances are not punished, but rewarded with a high draft pick in the MLS draft.

Help save American soccer and the NASL.

Support the removal of Don Garber and Sunil Gulati.

America needs change now or risk falling even further behind in the world of football.

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