MLS is Not a Proper Football League Part Infinity

Guevara and eight other TFC players will be missing Saturday/ AP Photo 

Okay, here I go again with another rant. Saturday every nation in the world still in Copa Mundial 2010 qualifying will be playing. Every domestic first division in the world will off this Saturday, save one: the incomparable Major League Soccer. Toronto FC is being forced to play a match at a ground they currently do not share with another tenant on the same day nine players from the Reds (a side with only 18 senior squad players per MLS rules) will be playing for their national teams.

The following nine players will be missing for TFC Saturday. (Thanks to Soccer by Ives for this list)

  • Amado Guevara (Honduras)
  • Greg Sutton (Canada)
  • Jim Brennan (Canada)
  • Marvell Wynne (USA)
  • Carl Robinson (Wales)
  • Julius James (Trinidad & Tobago)
  • Carlos Ruiz (Guatemala)
  • Tyrone Marshall (Jamaica)
  • Jarrod Smith (New Zealand)

Unless MLS wants to return to its recent past of being a retirement home for washed up internationals and landing spot for5 players not good enough to even play in their nation’s second divisions, this trend of playing right through international fixture dates has to seize beginning next season. MLS is not taken seriously by many football fans here at home and quite frankly, it doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously when you see issues like this.

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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 World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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