Thursday, September 22, 2016
Could Younger International Star Players Start Pulling Permanent Double Duty with MLS?
It's possible in the near future that younger players will leave the door open in their contracts for additional loan duty with additional salary in order to play in MLS during their off-season.
It seems like a Deion Sanders move. Of course, we're talking the same sport, while Deion did two sports.
Sanders split his time between the NFL and MLB for several seasons. He's the only person to play in a Super Bowl and a World Series. From 1990 to 1995, he averaged playing in 13 regular season NFL games and 80 regular season MLB games.
So, where's our Deion Sanders for MLS? I'd like to think Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be one of the guys to give it a try.
Will these kinds of loan contracts ever become vogue? Is there enough time in the calendar for them to happen?
The idea is a plausible one, but MLS may need to shorten the length of its season and end in October to give a player more incentive to try for the double duty. These superstars don't want to irritate their main European team by missing too much of the beginning of their season.
It will just take commitment from agents and general managers to start working the deals. These younger players want to be in the U.S. Unfortunately, MLS is not the gold standard in soccer. Okay, then, come for the finale of the season-from July forward.
MLS can't attract the great young talent. This is what a lot of the complaining is about from soccer fans in the U.S. We have to wait until their retirement years before the great ones will cross the Atlantic to play a regular season.
When MLS decided in its inception to go away from the international calendar, it was for common sense purposes (not about stealing hot young talent away for a few months). Spring, Summer and Fall are the most reasonable times to have a pro soccer league in the U.S.
Now is the time that MLS should take advantage of its conflicting schedule with the European leagues and start to figure out ways to bring in the superstar younger talent. It may cost a lot, but the returns may be worth it. Especially, if the younger superstars can make the playoffs more exciting and attract a bigger sports fan audience.
Originally posted January 2015