MLS Soccer in 2018
2018 will go down as the year the MLS spent millions on mediocre and unknown foreign players who are in the downside of their careers. Did the agents trick the teams with slight of hand by mentioning words like La Liga?
Once again MLS is giving millions to a foreign player who is no better than the American players in the league and who are coming from college and youth academies. For example USA has a lot of players who played in the Dutch first division which is a 2nd or 3rd tier European league.
After playing in Holland this player only played 14 games in Spain with a team that goes up and down between the 1st and 2nd division. Real Betis Balompié was in the 2nd division in 2000, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015 and also when Tab Ramos played for them in the 1990’s, for example. Betis is not one of the elite teams in Spain, hasn’t consistently been one for as long as I’ve been a soccer fan.
And the last team this “Designated Player” was on was in the Brazilian 2nd division, which is a good league but at the time Inter was far from the elite of Brazil, let alone the best teams of the Paulista Championship.
Based on 2018 MLS signings it’s clear that MLS executives and MLS coaches aren’t familiar enough with the real quality of European leagues, Brazilian and South American leagues, and foreign players. American players are just as good or better than the players MLS is throwing down millions for in 2018.
Kansas last designated player signing before this was for a 2nd team player from Metz in France who’s played the bulk of his games in the Belgian 2nd division and the 2nd team of middle-table French club Metz. Hello, MLS, what did I tell you about paying millions for mediocre foreign players?
Today’s signing is clearly a player on the decline as well as most of the other DP and big foreign signings of MLS have been in this year. I’m concerned as to who’s convincing MLS that these players are worth big money in 2018 and who inside MLS headquarters would be dumb enough to believe them?