Soccer in America is a controversial topic and has been subject to many arguments. Personally I think the whole idea of soccer in America is stupid. In fact, it’s beyond stupid. When I think about the MLS, the idea of college soccer players and foreign investors trying to reenact what big European leagues have become comes into mind. The MLS is a wannabe league. The most they’ve ever done to impress fans is that they brought in a 30+ David Beckham who was way past his prime. Since the failed David Beckham stint (he later returned to Paris powerhouse PSG where he retired) there have been more attempts at setting foot in what is an already “busy” North American sports market. The MLS is quite young. It was founded in 1993 after the US secured their World Cup bid. I guess if the US did not win their World Cup bid, there would be no MLS. The MLS carries itself as a branded and world-class sports league, yet their revenue is quite hilarious.
Let’s take the most popular MLS team, the LA Galaxy and put them against arguably the most popular soccer team in the English Premier League , Manchester United. LA has stolen plenty of English Premier League stars such as David Beckham and Robbie Keane. LA galaxy has an annual revenue of $4.4 million (USD). Manchester United (which is also publicly listed on the NYSE) has an annual revenue of 433 million pounds, that’s over $500 million (USD). I know this may sound like an unfair comparison, however the LA Galaxy is a team that has boasted the likes of legends like David Beckham, Robbie Keane, and Landon Donovan. England’s best team makes 400 times more than North America’s best team.
What also bothers me about the MLS is the fact that they steal some of Europe’s top players, yet no one gives a shit. Let’s use Steven Gerrard as an example. The English star was a fan favorite at Liverpool. People would travel from all over the world just to see him play. Gerrard recently announced that he will be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season. Guess where he’s going?
C’mon MLS. Do you really think Steven Gerrard will be as appreciated in LA than he was at Liverpool? Of course not. I bet you half of the LA Galaxy fans don’t even have a clue who he is. It’s just a waste.
The common American is probably a baseball or football fan, not a soccer fan. The MLS should just recognize that it’s not needed. All of the big money that they’re spending on foreign players wont even benefit them. The MLS will not win over the hearts of the common American sports fan. It’s just a lost cause.