July 14th, 2007, 12:18 AM #61
Eurosnob? I can't stand watching the Serie A and most La Liga matches, and I do enjoy watching the Brasilian League.
Originally Posted by SuxBeingU
Any clubs outside of Europe that who can hang with EPL teams would most likely come from Argentina and Brasilian leagues. Similar to teams from the Swedish Elite League or the Russian League would give NHL teams a run for their money.
I should have point out the fact that the MLS has gotten better. The MLS has improved. I'll admit that some games are fun to watch, but I don't let it distort reality. To say the best MLS teams can hang with the EPL teams in mid season form is still a stretch. The MLS are not equivalent of the Swedish Elite League, because they don't consistently develop world class players.
What's the reason the MLS has improved? Mo' money. If the MLS had billionaires throwing stupid money around with no salary cap, that's when the league will rival EPL because local talents are far from being good enough like the Brazilians and Argies to form competitive teams from ground up.
If Beasley was discovered by PSV, whom along with Ajax are known to unearth and develop the best young talents, then why aren't they taking more MLS or American youngsters besides Alex Nguyen or whatever his name is.
If the MLS is as good as you see it, then why do the best Americans go abroad? You don't see too many best players in their prime playing outside the NBA or NHL do you?
With the exception of Beckham, reality is the MLS only attracts the best of the rest, and the only reason Beckham joined is because of A-Rod money. Shevchenko could be the next one, but the league is going to get him when he's well past his prime.
I appreciate the tix offer. maybe next time.
July 14th, 2007, 09:57 AM #62
You just praised the Brasilian and Argentinian leagues criticized MLS for US player going abroad. Where do the best Brasilians and Argentinians play? Yeah, not their home countries.
July 14th, 2007, 12:14 PM #63
My one question would be which of redxalonso's comments do you disagree with?
Originally Posted by SuxBeingU
I think it is a pretty fair assessment. Although, I would add McBride as being reasonably successful in the PL, albeit in a poor side (Fulham).
July 14th, 2007, 12:26 PM #64
Originally Posted by Byatch1979
Hey man, it's a rough game!
July 14th, 2007, 12:50 PM #65
That wasn't a fight. Looked like Michael Phelps practicing his freestyle.
July 14th, 2007, 02:19 PM #66
Totally. Those were some wild and wacky punches. Let me guess, both players had a good cry afterwards too. :tommy:
Originally Posted by 33isgod
July 14th, 2007, 02:37 PM #67
more so for the fans.
Originally Posted by OrangePuck
July 14th, 2007, 03:25 PM #68
Now THAT was intense. Mob mentality at its finest.
Originally Posted by projectx
July 14th, 2007, 09:19 PM #69
I agree, that the best Argies and Brazilians don't play in their home countries, but most of the best ones started off playing in their home countries before going abroad.
Originally Posted by krudmonk
The argument here is whether MLS teams can compete with EPL teams.
MLS teams do not supply as many talent to top leagues as the Argentina and Brazilian league.
If I could get TV coverage on the Swedish Elite League or the Russian Hockey League, I would watch them often as they are the main foreign talent supply to the NHL.
July 17th, 2007, 11:37 AM #70
It will only be a blip. As soon as the novelty wears off the casual fan will no longer care.
Originally Posted by redxalonso
I don't see millions more kids sticking with soccer at all. Kids are going to play football when they get to high school and that will always be far and away the #1 high school sport in America, with basketball #2, and baseball #3. Then when you go onto college football is king again. In women's sports in college it's all about basketball and softball.
It's like Jim Rome said on his show the other day Americans want to see 500ft bombs (HRs), bone crushing blind side hits on the QB, and players taking off from the free throw line for a dunk. A perfectly placed cross from the wing or a corner kick don't really excite the average sports fan in the U.S.
As far as great attendance for the women's world cup several years ago, Americans always turn out when it's us vs the world, especially when the final is us vs the commies.
Hockey's original bad boy. The "Cowboy" Howie Young