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Started by Flanagan on Feb 25, 2016 9:44:36 PM
MLS Talk

MLS boasts the 7th highest attendance of any association football league in the world.

Players like Giovinco and Kaka have played there way back into national team contention.

Kids are wearing soccer jerseys, playing in futsal leagues and being sought out by MLS academies stocked with highly credentialed coaches. I know it's been said before, but...

fogger - 25 Feb 2016 22:13:07 (#1 of 46)


Vendor - 25 Feb 2016 22:14:12 (#2 of 46)

Why would you want to stalk Macon Leary?

Globulin - 25 Feb 2016 22:15:00 (#3 of 46)

"there way"? FFS

Flanagan - 25 Feb 2016 22:19:34 (#4 of 46)

Grammar police.

Globulin - 25 Feb 2016 22:26:31 (#5 of 46)

Spelling police actually

Flanagan - 25 Feb 2016 23:18:00 (#6 of 46)

Misspelled word = spelling

Wrong word = grammar

You = pedant

Should I take you task for the lack of punctuation in #5 or do you think maybe you could just discuss MLS?

alfanaut - 25 Feb 2016 23:38:24 (#7 of 46)

I liked it when TeamUSA scored in the ninth quadrant

davedanon - 26 Feb 2016 00:38:33 (#8 of 46)

Misspelled word = spelling

Wrong word = grammar

It's actually both, then. Or either.

In any case, don't we already have an MLS thread? Not to be superior, but merely to reassure flanagan that we are aware of MLS's existence.

RustyAKALoveSquirrel - 26 Feb 2016 06:58:00 (#9 of 46)

Is this what flanagan has been doing while he's been out injured? I'm sure Liverpool would've preferred him to concentrate on his rehabilitation.

Moschops - 26 Feb 2016 07:20:28 (#10 of 46)

How does it now rank as a sport in the US? If you had a son, and he was brilliant at the big 4 US sports and football(soccer), and had to choose one, which would you encourage him to pursue?

thotch - 26 Feb 2016 07:27:26 (#11 of 46)

Who do you want to be? OJ Simpson or Cobi Jones?

Moschops - 26 Feb 2016 08:09:25 (#12 of 46)

I just wanna be the best Moschops I can be goddammit! Or, failing that, I'd quite like to be a minor Royal.

Bonusy - 26 Feb 2016 09:45:41 (#13 of 46)

Still waiting to find out what has been said before about the summer football league.

Flanagan - 26 Feb 2016 15:07:10 (#14 of 46)

davedanon - I ran a search on MLS and didn't see another thread. My mistake if I doubled up.

How does it now rank as a sport in the US? If you had a son, and he was brilliant at the big 4 US sports and football(soccer), and had to choose one, which would you encourage him to pursue?

Moschops, thanks for the on topic question. I run the soccer program in my area of Philadelphia and have a son who will turn 11 in a couple days. He's a very good athlete, as are several kids on his team. The best players on his team are turning away from American football due to the crippling injuries and away from baseball because it's boring. Basketball is still enjoying high popularity, but lack of height will make the decision for several of the kids. The pediatrician thinks my son will top out at around 6'2", which would be decent basketball height, but he'd still be undersized. If you made him choose a sport today, he'd choose soccer.

SGM1A1 - 26 Feb 2016 15:35:10 (#15 of 46)

Do you know how much an average squad player in an MLS team might be paid, Flanagan? How would it compare with a squad player in a major league baseball team?

Flanagan - 26 Feb 2016 15:43:11 (#16 of 46)

The median pay for MLS is probably 1/10th that of MLB, currently. With MLS being top heavy (money going to Pirlo, Gerrard, etc), the mean average is useless.

The median is probably around $100k/year, though. That a living can be made in the sport is enough to fire the dream. Plus, kids now watch Premiership, La Liga and Bundesliga every weekend. They can dream of Ronaldo money and wind up playing in MLS.

SGM1A1 - 26 Feb 2016 15:56:38 (#17 of 46)

That's interesting, thanks. Not dissimilar to what players in the 3rd tier of the English league might get. (This is from 2012 but I don't expect it's changed a great deal)

Flanagan - 26 Feb 2016 16:11:34 (#18 of 46)

The potential is big for growth, as well. My wife would have never dreamed of attending a professional soccer game ten years ago, but she is now adamant that we maintain our season tickets to the Philadelphia Union even though they are struggling. As people's kids become enamored of the sport, they are becoming fans, themselves. When I played soccer as a child in the 80s, there was next to nothing on TV and no real live offering in the region. On TV, we had i Soccer Made in Germany. Worst part? My own games were often played at the same time as the show aired.

Moschops - 26 Feb 2016 16:11:56 (#19 of 46)

6'2" is probably about the average height of a centre half in the EPL Flanagan, is that your nipper's preferred position?

Moschops - 26 Feb 2016 16:17:04 (#20 of 46)

Fairly convoluted, but a friend of mine's daughter's boyfriend is currently signed for Orlando City, but I don't think he's played for the first team yet.

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