MLS has always been the joke of European football! With stars like Shaun Wright Phillips, Jose Altidore becoming stars in America, a no promotion or relegation format and a playoff to win the title even if they top the domestic league the MLS is to many “a shambles of a League”.
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Yet the MLS has some new and brilliant ideas that they pioneer. The MLS Allstars, a collective team of the best players in the league looks likely to catch on with Premier League forward Romelu Lukaku advocating the idea on twitter.
Not to mention with new franchises entering every year and the lure of a life in America the MLS is an interesting prospect with a brand new franchise is entering Major League Soccer. LAFC.
While on paper LAFC is just another MLS franchise among many it has become so much more. Owned by the iconic actor Will Ferrell the club has serious finances behind it bringing in former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela and Belgian international Laurent Ciman.
LAFC look even more interesting when you see that the Angels are sponsored by Youtube TV. Over the last two multi-million Premier League TV deals there has been talk of a new competitor in the Premier League rights war. Despite the current war between Sky Sports and BT sport that Youtube will one day blitz both by launching a deal that will blow both out of the water.
But it is LAFC’s significance that really makes the club interesting. LAFC who don black and gold become the second team to play their home games in Sunny Los Angeles. MLS now has an intense city rivalry with MLS supergiants LA Galaxy now having city competition and LAFC have essentially created a better atmosphere and storyline in MLS.
Why is Manchester United Versus Manchester City a big game? Both are undoubtedly “big” teams and are usually gunning for the title each season. But it is much more than that, it is that fierce intercity rivalry. One in which MLS and LA for that matter need!
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Franchises are far different from when LA Galaxy was set up in 1993, LAFC having being formed almost 3 decades ago. LAFC’s stadium, the Banc of California stadium is closer to the centre of the city than their now bitter rivals LA Galaxy, who are somewhat out in the sticks.
While LAFC will to at first play second fiddle to the poster boys of MLS in LA Galaxy, their sheer spending power and pedigree is too much to match currently.
Only further emphasised through the signing of Galaxy’s recent capture of former Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer. Yet the big Swede is probably on ludicrous amounts of money following his contract being terminated in March 2018 after rarely featuring this season for United.
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LAFC still have a lot of catching up to do in order to match their city rivals, whether disgraced Swansea boss and American native Bob Bradley is the man to do this is yet to be seen. But LAFC has the potential to do so and could be the future of the way we watch football. If their 5-1 win over Real Salt Lake is by anything to go by the future of LAFC looks bright.
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