The best leagues in the world are that way because they are exciting. More specifically, England, Italy, Spain, and germany. There must be a formula, besides fan base and money that make top european leagues far more exciting that our north and south american leagues?. WHY? I'll tell you why. Speed of play. The way that the ball moves along the playing surface allows for a better all around and more exciting game. When it is hot and humid outside the ball sticks to both the foot and the grass. This makes the whole game change. It is hard to take people on one vs one. Playing first time balls is also more difficult because the weight put on the ball is that much more difficult. When you want to play a ball on the floor first time under such conditions, the ball does not leave your foot with pace, rather it is slowed by the grass. To compensate the player must over strike the ball and if by any chance the ball leaves the ground you more than likely over hit your target. When we watch any respectable european match, the ball moves with pace and certainty. Either the grass has been watered by the grounds crew, or the night dew naturally waters the playing surface. In any case the players are forced to play at a high speed, which separates players who know how to play from players who don't. Speed up the play and speed up the rate at which MLS will be a first choice league for domestic and foreign players. Speed up the play and watch people flood the stands. there is obviously a limit though, to explain: Artificial fields like in NJ/NY metros.