Is a MLS-MFL Superleague part of MLS’ long-term strategy?

From Wednesday’s Guardian (bolded emphasis is mine):

Umm, really? Have we heard about this anywhere else? Is this kind of North American Superleague really a long-term strategy of MLS? That would certainly come as news to me, and probably news to CONCACAF who would see its Champions League shoved almost entirely to the margins if this (very) hypothetical new superleague emerges.

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5 thoughts on “Is a MLS-MFL Superleague part of MLS’ long-term strategy?

  1. I think so. Deep down MLS doesn’t make a lot of money or draw any attention. a merger would at least draw fans and attention to from the soccer press. people forget the the MFL is arguabley the 5th biggest tv sport in the U.S. That said i don’t think the MFL would go for it it the slightest as they don’t need MLS to make money or even to play the odd games in the U.S.

  2. as a side note though it’s interesting, would likely raise the bar in terms of quality, i don’t think it’s a solution to getting more Americans to watch. It’s not like those average Americans are watching the MFL. It would largely bring in fans of the Mexican league. MLS won’t attract average Americans until it leaves the homogeneous suburbs and reaches out to urban America.

  3. I think this goes outside of what exactly is the MLS function. If the league´s function is to highlight the young American Players than joining with the MFL might not be the smartest idea. We are still growing, and things are looking better than before, but to hop the border this early might backfire.

  4. Actually, not only do they need MLS to cooperate to play the odd game here, they need MLS to cooperate to play any games here. Foreign teams must recieve permission from USSF to play games in this country. The Federation is controlled largely by MLS (i.e. Prseident of USSF, President of NE Revolution are the same guy). This is why MFL and Mexico National team have a deal with a subsidiary of MLS, Soccer United Marketing, to promote all their games here. That along with a bit of tv money is why they play the Superliga. While MLS may be the party that stands to gain the most from increased cooperation, MFL teams would benefit long term as well.

  5. The immediate future of MLS will involve one last round of expansion, tinkering/expanding the DP rule and increasing individual club’s association with European clubs to ensure the summer is littered with profitable friendlies.

    Mexico is much more eager to solidify relationships with CONMEBOL, and one of the reasons why the Swine Flu scandal was so destructive is it eroded a relationship that Mexico had worked hard to forge.

    I don’t think integration of Mexican teams into MLS would work. For one thing, the weather in most of Mexico during the summer would paralyze any soccer game. That’s why the Mexican league is on a different schedule. SuperLiga doesn’t work, because it just adds game to an already ridiculously crowded MLS schedule. A schedule, that hurts the league’s quality and lessens the importance of the regular season.

    The real answer here (I think) is to give the CCL some more meaning, some heavier marketing and make it legitimately prestigious. I am not sure how you do that, but right now the timing of the event is way off, and the fact the competition extends over two seasons doesn’t help either.

    As much as I love some of the Mexican teams, I am not sure how you can tie Mexico and USA’s pro-soccer clubs into a single, legitimate league, the logistics don’t work and there isn’t as much interest for this in Mexico as you would think.

    If you put the Aguilas up against Columbus in Mexico City and you can expect a very small crowd. Put the same team up against Boca – and the crowd is massive. Mexico eyes Brazil and Argentina with envy, and considers the US as an annoying and lesser rival when it comes to pro teams.

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