These are false arguments. For one, it is implicit that if the league can afford to compete with top Euro salaries, then the league will have reached a certain level of fan interest to make that financially feasible. That level of fan interest will take some time to build (30 years?), but at that point, it implies that the league will have reached a competitive level that supercedes that of the secondary and tertiary Euro leagues (e.g Russia). If that is the case, the shop window will have shifted westward. Scouts will turn on a dime if they can find a new source of talent. Geography will not be an obstacle as is already the case re: Brazil/Argentina. Furthermore, my original comment was in response to the notion that top 100 level players would not be interested in playing in MLS. That is false. I wasn't arguing that a majority or even plurality of these players would play in MLS vs. other leagues. Honestly, who would really care about playing in the group stage of the Champs League or, certainly, UEFA Cup with a scrub team that will get bounced out in the first round. I think a number of players would choose to live their lives in a more hospitable environment than Moscow. Lastly, I did not say or imply that every European city is a hellhole vs. American cities. You came up with some hyperbolic interpretation. My comment was, again, in response to the idea that MLS would not be able to attract any top 100 level players unless they were American. That's a bold statement that doesn't hold much water IMO because for some (not all or even most) if the competitive level and financial appeal of MLS were on par with Europe, they would choose MLS. The only advantage Europe would have is tradition, which is certainly very significant but not such that NO top 100 level players would prefer MLS to Europe. For the record, I would also prefer to live in a number of European cities compared with a number of American cities.