Tuesday 17 Sep 2019

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by Stuart95, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. Stuart95

    Stuart95 Member+

    Mar 11, 2012
    Stafford, VA
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    MLS Week 28: NYCFC takes over in the East

    Rooney says U.S. players in MLS are 'underpaid'

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    How NWSL attendance looks post-Women's World Cup — and what clubs are doing to sustain it
  2. rocketeer22

    rocketeer22 Member+

    Apr 11, 2000
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From the Rooney article:

    "I feel that American players get underpaid," he said. "I feel they deserve to get more money to stay in line with football in the rest of the world and in terms of the American sports."

    A couple of comments:

    1. Rooney is forgetting that American sports leagues outside of MLS do not only consist of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. There are other pro leagues that pay less than MLS. And he should have been around for the early years if he thinks wages are low now ;)

    2. If compensation were equal around the world in all the top leagues of every sport, than what would drive a player to consider playing in another league aside from a curiosity to play in a different part of the world?
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  3. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    He's just doing his bit for the players' union (he did another one recently about the charters, which you can tell is an organized union campaign to put the issue into the public eye). Not sure how much it'll help though, since he's leaving.
  4. TheRealBilbo

    TheRealBilbo Member+

    Apr 5, 2016
    Rooney would have helped his argument if he would have made a statement about quality of play in MLS. Because MLS pays American players less, they are considered lower quality. Paying players more will raise the perception of the quality of players in the league.
  5. hot potato

    hot potato Member+

    Feb 21, 2014
    Vancouver Whitecaps
    well, wayne could distribute some of his $3.5 mill salary to help the underpaid players on DCU

    on a serious note, overall, the last 12years have been a tremendous success for MLS- some things need tweaking- such as travel, especially for teams that have a HUGE amount- but we dont want to end up with the dilemma that is going on and will escalate in england where teams are having to fold

    until TV revenues vastly improve, MLS and its owners must be prudent
  6. GunnerJacket

    GunnerJacket Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2003
    Gainesville, GA
    Arsenal FC
    Granted, if MLS paid more odds are many current players would be swapped out for even better talent.
  7. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Looks like Don Garber just issued a warning at the Canadian Soccer Association

    • “I am excited about the development of the CPL,” Garber said. “But we do need to work together to figure [things] out. The Canadian Soccer Association needs to figure out how they’re going to engage with Major League Soccer teams that are investing millions and millions and millions of dollars per team, not including what they’ve invested in their academies and in their infrastructure, to ensure that that investment is going to help develop the Canadian player, and help justify the investment that they are making, otherwise that investment is going to go away, because right now, it’s not making that much sense.”
  8. soccermilitant

    soccermilitant Member+

    Jan 14, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    well MLS players should claim there "oppressed" , playing on turf is a "human rights " issue and sued the USSF. Wallla higher pay
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  9. Honore de Ballsac

    Oct 28, 2005
    Now who can argue with that? I think we're all in debt to Gabby Johnson for stating what needed to be said.
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  10. NeilB

    NeilB Member

    Mar 17, 2000
    Mount Kisco, NY
    I'm particularly glad that these lovely children were here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic BigSoccer gibberish, it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age!
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  11. rocketeer22

    rocketeer22 Member+

    Apr 11, 2000
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Interview with Chicago Fire owner Mansueto up on MLS

    I like the fact that they have an interview with him so shortly after the complete takeover. Some may not like that the organization isn't emphasizing a soccer-specific stadium at this time, but I'll give him some leeway since the augmentations of the Bridgeview lease. Besides it seems like he is working more on the potential to fill a bigger stadium. (And, the Chicago Fire organization could be checking out land in stealth mode).

    Other item recently posted: New Columbus Crew stadiums breaks ground on 10/10/19.
  12. TheRealBilbo

    TheRealBilbo Member+

    Apr 5, 2016
    #12 TheRealBilbo, Sep 17, 2019
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2019
    If Rooney came out and said these guys, in general, are good enough to play in the Championship, where players make over £350k per year, that would be meaningful.

    But, I agree that just saying these guys deserve more money doesn't address the issue of why they players are worth more.

    The question is where would a team like LAFC be if they were in England? Would they be above the drop zone in the Premier League, where team salaries budgets are upwards of £50 million per year. (Yes, top teams salary budgets are well above NFL teams). And, MLS is a parity league where most teams are about the same quality.
  13. Bluecat82

    Bluecat82 Member+

    Feb 24, 1999
    Minneapolis, MN
    Minnesota United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    True, but that door swings both ways...

    How would a mid-table Premier League club...Burnley, for example...deal with long plane flights across the continent with time zone changes, playing in Houston in August, playing in St. Paul in March, and playing in Salt Lake City anytime.

    I think the general wear and tear might surprise folks across the pond.

    It surprised Roy Keane.
  14. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

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