It seems like every once and a while FIFA boss Sepp Blatter loves to come out and comment on the state of the game in the US. This time around he’s gone and really made some comments that have put a little fire in the minds of MLS fans all around.
He still wants MLS on the FIFA calendar. He doesn’t think regular folks in the country know of the league or even like it. He thought that by now MLS would be competing with the likes of the EPL and La Liga.
All of which sounds like he is smoking something, right?
For me I’ll try not to get too worked up over it all. I look at it and wonder really what his motive is behind it all. I also wonder if he realizes that things just don’t happen over night. The league hasn’t even been around for 20 years, most of Europe’s top teams weren’t build in 20 years, most weren’t even built in 40 years I would argue.
“There is no very strong professional league” in the United States, Blatter told Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara. “They have just the M.L.S., but they have no professional leagues which are recognized by the American society.”
MLS as we know has done the slow and steady approach about everything. While teams across the pond are going broke from overspending and most leagues continue to lack parity, MLS does the slow and steady thing and sees different teams do well from year to year. Teams are slowly beginning to make money after moving into their own stadiums and getting sponsors left and right. Bigger named players are wanting to come here earlier in their career now and not at the end.
The whole calendar thing also makes me laugh. On Christmas day in Dallas there was snow, heck most of the country had snow over the last week or so. Think of going to games in that cold mess. Have any of these yahoos that want the FIFA calendar in the US spent any time in Chicago, Kansas City, Boston or Denver in the winter? I highly doubt it. And don’t give me the whole Russia moves to the FIFA calendar thing either, that was a move to help land a World Cup.
Blatter may be a little correct in saying that MLS isn’t on the same level here in the States as the NFL or MLB. But did he really think a young league would be able to compete with those two leagues that have been around for decades?
He and other folks need to remember that what works everywhere else may not work here too.
Blatter loves to stir up things and this time he really riled up some folks (including myself). I still believe MLS is doing the right thing in their approach. It will only be a matter of time before they really are in the same breath and conversation as the EPL and other top leagues in Europe.