What if MLS made an effort to take on Mexican/Central American/South American youth players either by signing them or taking them on loan? I know that having Mexican (or other Latin) players isn't automatically going to bring out the Latino fans. I'm not interested in elusive fast money schemes. I'm interested in something that will be the surest way to increase MLS' reputation as a place that quality players come from, not where formerly quality players go to. This will, in turn, increase the perceived "value for the money" of the MLS ticket amongst the Euro/Latinosnob crowd. Face it folks, they aren't going to get rid of their old clubs, so we have to have an appealing angle that's not available via PPV, FSW or Univision/Galavision. It's one thing to sign an over the hill Hermosillo, Campos or Hernandez, it's another thing altogether to be the place where the Hermosillos, Camposes and Hernandezes learned their trade. I realize that MLS doesn't want to be known as a developmental league, but the truth is, they are a developmental league. The sooner they face that fact, the better off they will be. Beasley, Mastroeni, Mc Bride, Mathis etc. have made known their desire to "get to the next level." If having your own homegrown players seeking to use the domestic league as a stepping stone to greener pastures isn't the definition of a developmental league, I don't know what is. What's so wrong with admitting that you're a developmental league and trying to market yourself as the "home of future superstars?" Stop trying to sign the Gazzas, the Lothars and Hristos of this world and aim to be the place where world superstars are born, not buried. Clubs like Boca, River, Flamengo etc. aren't known for the players that are currently playing for them, they are known for the players that they produced. They have worldwide respect and are seen as quality clubs for this very reason. The only way that MLS is going to be truly "Major League" is to spend major league money, NASL-style, which isn't going to happen. So why not end the charade and take on Mexican and other Latin-American youth players either by signing or by loan and sell them off or return them to their "larger" clubs later? MLS' "major league" posturing is not working. They have entered the game too late. They need to come to the table, win a few hands off of the big guys, get some of their money, THEN attempt to be one of the biggest leagues in the world. They can't bluff their way through it. They need a real strategy. The one they're using now isn't working.