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The MLS: Has Anything Changed?

by nickdevo
Jan 12, 2014 7:33 PM EST



For the past week, I've read nothing but articles in defense of the MLS. But, where has this new found respect for the league come from? It seems like just yesterday that Landon Donovan was berated for his choice to stay and play in a "weaker" league. Now, players like Jermaine Defoe and Michael Bradley are now seen as marquee signings for a league on the rise.
There are many voices out there that say Bradley and Defoe still deserve spots on their respective World Cup teams. They argue that the quality of competition is on par with the likes of the English Premier league. I don't think that's what has changed. Rather, I think what's changed is the teams in MLS finding a willingness to spend the big bucks.
It's not about quality of competition, it's about getting paid. Just ask the money that is now flooding the pockets of those respective players.