Blake Lovell (36)

Galaxy's Embarrassing Loss a Step Back for MLS

Created on Jul. 24, 2014 8:42 AM EST

I don't think many people were expecting the Los Angeles Galaxy to defeat Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United side in last night's friendly at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

But a 7-0 thrashing? That was far from what MLS fans were hoping for.

These friendlies against Premier League competition gives American soccer fans a chance to see the differences between a top American club and a top English club. 

It's safe to say that those differences were pretty obvious to the even the most casual soccer fan in the states during last night's completely one-sided affair.

We all understand that there is still a massive gap between the top teams in the MLS and the top teams in the EPL, and matches like this are an emphatic reason why. It's not that the Galaxy's loss was unexpected, but yet it was more of a case of being disappointed that the team didn't provide a better showing.

And that's especially the case when you consider that the Galaxy are in the heart of their season, while the Red Devils are just in the beginning stages of the Van Gaal era.

Honestly though, should we really expect anything but this type of result?

For all the talk about American soccer taking the next big step in terms of growth, it's important to understand that we simply aren't there yet. In fact, as this match so graciously reminded us, we're not even close.

The types of changes to the system that are needed are going to take time. We're talking at least 10 years or so. 

Manchester United would not be the global phenomenon that it is without having a system in place that encourages constant growth of its club. No, we're not talking about in a financial sense.

Instead, it's all about the development of players. The way that we develop talent in America has to get better. We can talk about all the small tweaks here and there that would help change the perception of the MLS, but one thing remains clear after this particular match:

Talent is what matters.

The MLS will likely never be able to overtake the Premier League as the top league in the world. The latter is too far ahead when it comes to worldwide recognition and player development.

However, once the right developmental system is in place in the US (and if we can convince those players to stay), the gap in overall talent between the top teams in each league shouldn't have to be so large.

At this point, getting better is the only option if we want to avoid humiliating losses like this.