Actually, the time frame (1975-1984) for the NASL was just too short lived! The NASL was far from a failure in my opinion it created a legacy and steppingstone for the game of soccer in the USA and we would not be here if it wasn't for the NASL. The NASL and their players did a lot for the game. In San Jose and across the nation, you still have many NASL pros conducting soccer camps. The youth soccer boom exploded with the impact of the NASL. I doubt the MLS would be here today if it weren't for the NASL. As far as the argument of NASL vs MLS , the initial idea of the MLS was to not emulate the same mistakes as NASL and to have all of their competition be on the field and not be in the front office. Some of us fans across the country however, have seen biased favoritism among many teams not only in the league office but with the owners which in many other countries could be considered scandalous. The MLS does and has infact make and made many of the same mistakes the NASL has and probably in some ways just as bad. They have contracted and/or moved franchises and made and continue to make hideous mistakes. The $4 million Luis Hernandez scenario comes to mind and so far this Beckham deal IMO hasn't proved to be anything positive on the field even though he has been a success at the gate. He has played 360 minutes scored 1 goal & an assist in the Superliga and is now seeking a loan deal to England. He will be gone for the better parts of his first two years of his multi million dollar contract and if he does infact get loaned out to an EPL team and plays in the EURO 2008, it doesn't look like he will be back in LA at least until the end of July or August (especially if he wants or needs 3 weeks off after the finals) of next year as the UEFA 08 goes from June 7th to June 29th of 2008...... http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports...s5socpage.html http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/...eeks-home-loan here is an excerpt: BECKS SEEKS HOME LOAN DAVID Beckham is considering putting his American dream on hold in a desperate bid to save his England career. He is seeking crisis talks with bosses of LA Galaxy to discuss a possible return to England on loan in January. The fiercely patriotic Beckham, who will definitely miss England’s next two European Championship qualifiers – and possibly the next four – with a knee ligament injury, believes it may be the only way to achieve his cherished dream of winning 100 England caps. “We need to sit down with him and do what’s best for our organisation and him." Aside from the Beckham deal , their scheduling of matches and playing thru national team games and Copa Americas, Gold Cups as well as WC's & WCQ matches is ridiculous. Also, if you look at NY's roster since 1996, you will see many more failures with some great players Branco, Donadoni, Lothar & Youri who did nothing to really make their teams win on the field or proved to be a positive thing at the gate. The Cosmos love them or hate them did much more for the game of soccer not only in NY but across the country than anything the Metros/Red Bull have in over a decade. Bruce Arena has said constantly that everyone still wants another Cosmos but it won't happen right away. When most people think of soccer in NY, who do you most people think of Meola & Vermes or Chinaglia & Pele?. As far as the NASL Americans are concerned, its difficult to judge as their time frame was not too short. Arnie Mausser, David Bricic, Jeff Durgan, Jimmy McAllister, Mike Hunter , Gary Etherington, Angelo Di Bernardo as well as Steve Moyers, Mark Peterson, Ricky Davis and Hugo Perez along with the Canadians of Bruce Wilson, Wes McLeod, Branko Segota and many others could have definitely played in the MLS. Are the Americans better today? Of course they are but they are also getting more playing time which is something that wasn't really the case during the NASL years. Also, if a player was 18-20 years old during the NASL heydey of 1977-1979 , he would have only been 25-27 (prime age for a soccer player) in 1984 when the league folded and no one could tell how he would have developed during his veteran years as a pro because the league folded, then they all played indoors. I can't recall seeing too many 35 year old Mark Chung's & Chris Henderson's in those days becuase they weren't allowed to play that long as the league folded. Could those NASL Americans have been just as good as today's MLS Americans like Dempsey & McBride, why not? Yes they could have but they weren't given a chance. If you look at the Olympic team at the the 1984 summer games in LA & Stanford you had many NASL Americans play a pretty good level of soccer as did the Canadian team that played and that also qualified for the 1986 WC in Mexico. That year the tournament was an actual mini World Cup as FIFA allowed pros play in the games as long as they hadn't played in WC matches. You had many 1st diviison pros from all over the world and if you look at those results and levels of play from that 84 US team , they did just as well as the 1994 WC USMNT did 10 years later. In many ways they even performed much better than the national teams of 90 ,98 & 06 World Cups not to mention much better than the 'B' team that went to Venezuela for the Copa America. Those Americans/Canadians did well that year also becuase they played and learned playing alongside great NASL players. I'm happy with the MLS and their progress especially in building of their own SSS and the committed owners. I'm not saying the MLS can't turn into something successful. Of course they can. I'm just saying we shouldn't continue to knock the NASL and their existence and believe Once In A Lifetime as being something out of the Bible. Historically the media and press has not given soccer its fair share in this country and that show did talk about some of the realities of the league but they tended to focus a lot on the negatives. there were however, many positives because I reiterate that if it weren't for the NASL we wouldn't be here discussing this now nor would there ever have been a World Cup in this country a successful national team or for that matter, an MLS start up.