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Dynamo Win; Is MLS Really Inferior to the A-League (As has been speculated upon in Britain)

  • Houston beat Los Angeles 3-1 last night at the Home Depot Center to jump Chivas (who drew with Colorado earlier in the day) in the Western standings and clinch a playoff spot. The Galaxy’s continued poor play has yet to result in any changes to Frank Yallop’s status as coach although I would certainly expect Landon Donovan to be dealt in the offseason either to San Jose or sold to a club abroad.
  • Chivas USA’s draw with Colorado kept the Rapids just one point behind Chicago for the last playoff spot. I cannot over emphasize the boost Conor Casey whose early MLS form was poor has given to the Rapids. Casey who was an accomplished player in the Bundesliga but seems to have never cracked the code to be effective for the US National Team finally seems comfortable in MLS and he is the single reason Colorado is back in the playoffs race.
  • It occurred to me in a conversation with Johnathan Starling last night (BC John) that even though MLS is consistently maligned and compared unfavorably to the Australian A-league by many in the European media and to the Mexican League by many here at home, the MVP’s of both those leagues last season are now playing in MLS. Fred, formerly of the Melbourne Victory and now an above average role player (but by no measure the best player on his team let alone the league) for DC United, and the incomparable Blanco who led Club America to the Apetura Playoffs finals last season and now if strutting his world class stuff for the Chicago Fire.
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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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10 Responses to Dynamo Win; Is MLS Really Inferior to the A-League (As has been speculated upon in Britain)

  1. Benny says:

    Right on Kartik! Sometimes I feel we need some well-informed passionate voices for the MLS out there in Europe.

  2. Benny says:

    Right on Kartik! Sometimes I feel we need some well-informed passionate voices for the MLS out there in Europe.

  3. Allen says:

    Casey is not the single reason the Rapids have a chance of making the play-offs. That is Colin Clarke. Note how once Clavijo pulled his head out of his butt and started playing the Ft. Collins native Clarke, Casey looked better. Now I don't want to take anything away from Casey. He's looked good. But he needs people around him making runs. And before Clarke was around, no one was doing it. Casey's part of the reason but Colin has been a big part of it too.

  4. Allen says:

    Casey is not the single reason the Rapids have a chance of making the play-offs. That is Colin Clarke. Note how once Clavijo pulled his head out of his butt and started playing the Ft. Collins native Clarke, Casey looked better. Now I don’t want to take anything away from Casey. He’s looked good. But he needs people around him making runs. And before Clarke was around, no one was doing it. Casey’s part of the reason but Colin has been a big part of it too.

  5. Soccer Guru says:

    Yes, Clarke and Casey have been the two biggest factors!

  6. Soccer Guru says:

    Yes, Clarke and Casey have been the two biggest factors!

  7. Tar Heel Blue says:

    Fred hasn't quite been the player I expected quite frankly. Perhaps MLS is just that much better than the A-league?

  8. Tar Heel Blue says:

    Fred hasn’t quite been the player I expected quite frankly. Perhaps MLS is just that much better than the A-league?

  9. City Lou says:

    MLS is inferior in all measures to the PL but that is not a fair measure of how good a league it is for a non European league that is only 12 years old. Many MLS bashers watch the PL exclusively, as I do except during the summer when MLS is the only thing on. I honestly used to bash MLS but have seen in the past year or two an incredible increase in the quality of play. It was not long ago that the PL did nothing but buy aged foreign stars, like around 1993 through 1996. Then some home grown players like Andy Cole and Alan Shearer exploded on the scene and we had the money to keep them in England. I now live in the states and enjoy watching MLS: It is what it is and it is worth checking out.

  10. City Lou says:

    MLS is inferior in all measures to the PL but that is not a fair measure of how good a league it is for a non European league that is only 12 years old. Many MLS bashers watch the PL exclusively, as I do except during the summer when MLS is the only thing on. I honestly used to bash MLS but have seen in the past year or two an incredible increase in the quality of play. It was not long ago that the PL did nothing but buy aged foreign stars, like around 1993 through 1996. Then some home grown players like Andy Cole and Alan Shearer exploded on the scene and we had the money to keep them in England. I now live in the states and enjoy watching MLS: It is what it is and it is worth checking out.

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