- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 12, 2009
- 16 Comments
- FIFA, MLS Schedule, Sepp Blatter
There are times when I agree with FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and there are times when I disagree. Today is one of those days that I find him to be a total moron. Blatter told the press he would like to see Major League Soccer on the same schedule as the rest of the world.
Now, don’t get me wrong I am in the boat that think it could be positive change in the long run if the league were able to actually do such a switch. But his reasoning for it kind of ticks me off as he views the problem with the league is that the best American players aren’t playing in the league and that the clubs aren’t in control of their own stadiums.
That is a yes and no really for me. While I totally get what he is saying I just don’t like the tone that he is slamming our boys who stay home and play here instead of in Europe.
“American football plays in winter, so they can only play from March to October, which means you are not in the right season,” Blatter said on Wednesday. “The best American players are playing here, and this is the basic problem with the MLS.”
“This league was founded after the 1994 World Cup, but is still struggling to get the position they should have according to the number of football players there are in the United States,” Blatter said. “It has the highest number of young players in any sport. But the league has not found yet its position. It can only find its position if the league has its own stadiums.”
As you see he also mentions the stadium situation and I think in a way he hasn’t watched a lot of MLS lately. In a couple of years nearly every MLS club will either be in their own stadium or very close to it, with the exception of the Seattles and New Englands of the league who’s owner control the stadium situation.
To me I think Blatter just loves to slam the US and it’s soccer rather than praise it for its progress since the league’s inception. I know he doesn’t want the US to win the 2018 World Cup bid and I’m sure if he could he would love to not see it come here in 2022. I don’t know, maybe that is just me but it seems like anytime he talks about the US and soccer its always comes in a negative tone.