With the retirement of Eddie Pope and his appointment to the MLS Players Union, there is hope that there will be a higher profile for MLS players in America. Looking at the big picture, its not just getting MLS soccer players on the card board trading cards. The players union gets revenue from such marketing which should be going back into the player's pockets. MLS has done very little to market the players. Sure you can get a FIRE hat or a United replica jersey, but that money goes to the owners. When a players union approves a card set using the player's images, it can and should get the revenues from that project. In other sports this revenue is shared by even the rookies to help suppliment their income. So if you have been wondering why the NHL hockey and MLB baseball has regularly issued five to six cards sets each year, it is partly because of the players unions. Of course demand has alot to do with it as well. I've put this issue in this forum to make people (not just collectors) aware of the financial gains (or lack there of). If the rest of the world is getting to see our players on cardboard, why can MLS ? The following are some samples of pre-MLS and former MLS players on licensed collectables. Enjoy !