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54 minutes ago, Alflives said:

All true, but the MLS has Wayne Rooney now.  Seriously, where does our domestic league kind of rank compared to the Premiership and Serie A?  Are we like the KHL is to the NHL?

Its not really comparable. The big 4 Leagues in europe (La Liga, Serie A, EPL, and Bundesliga) are the NHL. Ligue 1 is the KHL. The Mexican league, Argentine league, Brazil league, the Dutch league are the AHL/Big Euro Leagues. We are like the ECHL (and that is being generous)

 

 It never will be until the US and Canada can develop players at a high level. Even then, would you rather play for a team the calibre and prestige of say Real Madrid or the LA Galaxy. Many big clubs have many years of tradition on our MLS teams, plus have more capital to spend on the club. We also don't have fans that care about the team enough. Ask @Scottish⑦Canuck about hardcore Celtic supporters and their habits. 

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1 hour ago, ReggieBush said:

Its well on its way. Its undeniable. Roma are building something great. Juve already have something great. Inter is building. Milan have a brilliant young core and are on the verge of receiving an influx of cash through Rocco Comisso. Napoli has Ancelotti. Fiorentina has one of the best, if not the best young attacking trident in the world in Pjaca, Simeone, and Chiesa. Italian clubs are building sustainably.

When did they get him?

 

Good trio, ya

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50 minutes ago, Alain Vigneault said:

When did they get him?

 

Good trio, ya

Gianluca Di Marzio said it is all but confirmed a few days ago. He is usually pretty reliable. Plus the addition of Ronaldo creates a problem in the attacking ranks for Juve. They have to many weapons and not enough game time to go around. Pjaca, Costa, Cuadrado, Bernadeschi, Manzukic, Higauin, Ronaldo, Dybala are all very good attacking options. It just makes sense for them to move on from one of them at least. Pjaca makes sense being that he is fresh off a torn ACL and still isn't truly to full health. I think they move on from 2 personally (Higauin and Pjaca)

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36 minutes ago, ReggieBush said:

Gianluca Di Marzio said it is all but confirmed a few days ago. He is usually pretty reliable. Plus the addition of Ronaldo creates a problem in the attacking ranks for Juve. They have to many weapons and not enough game time to go around. Pjaca, Costa, Cuadrado, Bernadeschi, Manzukic, Higauin, Ronaldo, Dybala are all very good attacking options. It just makes sense for them to move on from one of them at least. Pjaca makes sense being that he is fresh off a torn ACL and still isn't truly to full health. I think they move on from 2 personally (Higauin and Pjaca)

Must have missed it then.

 

Ya, Pjaca and Higuain moving on makes the most sense.

 

Get the feeling Sarri will bin Morata and bring in Higuain.  Speaking of DiMarzio, he said that Chelsea are looking to hijack the Jorginho to City deal, as well.

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13 hours ago, Alflives said:

All true, but the MLS has Wayne Rooney now.  Seriously, where does our domestic league kind of rank compared to the Premiership and Serie A?  Are we like the KHL is to the NHL?

More like the German DEL hockey league. MLS has a ways to go before they are considered relevant in terms of even being a top 10 league in the world. It will take more than getting aging European stars on the back 9 of their careers like Wayne Rooney.

 

Need a guy or two still in their prime who can play in one of the top 5 Euro leagues to truly put MLS on the map.

 

Think Giovinco but much bigger.

 

I agree what Thierry Henry once said about MLS. The need to get rid of the salary cap to give ownership the financial power and freedom to truly bring in good players only then the league will improve in the world's eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There's not really scenario (at least not in the next 20-30 years, IMHO) where the MLS even reaches the level of European leagues.  It's like Reggie said, the dreams of playing football for Real Madrid or Bayern Munich are much higher than playing for Philadelphia Union.  And that includes players brought up in North America.

 

At best, pumping in money for North American team ends up like China/Middle East, where eventually you cap it on foreigners because your national team programs suffer for it or in a slightly better case scenario, you become a Russia or Turkey, where, again, it is only marginally better because you're not necessarily capping it on foreigners.

 

The real way to improve football in North America is to add promotion/relegation.  Give players something meaningful to play for on both ends of the table, weed out guys coming to collect a pay check, weed out managers who haven't got a clue tactically, and maybe then the MLS would be taken seriously.

 

Also, remove the draft.  A big part of European football and why players choose their clubs is because of the reputations that are built because of academies and the emphasis that clubs place on developing players.

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Despicable the way we with dealt with Conte, but I have come to expect it now. We are a club that treats it's managers without any shred of class and unlike some fanboys I refuse to applaud it. With that said welcome Maurizio Sarri.

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37 minutes ago, Toews said:

Despicable the way we with dealt with Conte, but I have come to expect it now. We are a club that treats it's managers without any shred of class and unlike some fanboys I refuse to applaud it. With that said welcome Maurizio Sarri.

Must have been pretty awkward when he ran training the other day :lol:

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Have been impressed by Atletico Madrid defenders this World Cup.

 

Have to have the best defence in the world in club football no?

 

Hernandez,Godin,Gimenez,Vrsalkjo

 

All start on their countries respective national teams and played well at the highest level of competition.

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