Welcome to the thread. Good post, well put. You have also brought up valid point's about the structure of both leagues. Yes the MLS has a strict salary cap but only when they enforce it. Bringing Beckham into the MLS fray kind of blew that strict salary cap out the window. Lot's of players' in the league now, American & imported players' alike have been speaking up about how unfair Beckham's deal is & in a way I can't blame them as he's not even the best player in the MLS in my opinion dispite all the hype makers' behind the Beckham deal that would like us to believe & go along with all the hoopla. I see two problems' now as a result of all this. The first is in order for the other teams' to compete with the Galaxy as far as drawing more people to the games', ect ... They will feel the need to sign a world known, high profile player as well. Now can they in reality do this? Who really know's? Is the money there across the board for each & every club to do this? Again, who know's? I don't think it's there as far as money goes across the board. Second if by chance it is for any world class top flight player to even consider coming here to play they will want the same, if not more than Beckham stand's to make these next five years' & I can't see that happening as then it's like I've been saying ... Everything of old is new once again, same old song & dance, same formula. You might think ok why am I reading so deep into all this? Well as some of you know I played at the professional level years' ago. I'm still very much connected with the sport, with my academy, the masters' (Old Guys') team I play for & I have direct connections with the in's & out's & going's on with some top level European clubs' because of my business. I know for a fact particular parties' within the corp level of the MLS have been in constant contact with corp level heads' of some very big clubs' in Europe. I'm not going to mention names' but some very high profile players' in their prime, top of their game have been approached about playing in the MLS. I'm talking about some very big names' here guys. Players' far better than Beckham skillwise & far better known in the Football/Soccer world as a whole. Every single one of these players' thus far has asked for a better deal than Beckham's deal. Each & everyone of them has been told no way! This is not a pipe dream on my part. It's fact & the result is all these high level high profile players' have responded with two words' ... No thanks! This is the problem & what I have been talking about. With the Beckham deal the bar has been raised so very high the MLS has painted themselves into a corner. No player considered better than Beckham will come over here to play for anything less than his deal. Sad to say it but it's true. This will all be interesting to watch as it's played out. I for one hope the league suceeds. Oh Jim, not to argue with you but the players' I mentioned about having equal marketing as Beckham is pretty much spot on. I've never used Nike soccer products' but they as a company look to overtake Adidas in the near future as having the lions' share of the soccer product market. They pretty much take up the vast majority of add space in almost every single soccer related magazine in the world. I know as I travel quite often. I see the faces' of Man United's Rooney, Ronaldo & Barca's Ronnie far more out there in adds' than Beckham's. Henry used to be a major face of Nike as well. Now he's the face of Rebok. So right now yes I agree with you. Beckham is the face of the MLS & one of the major face's of Adidas but in the soccer world as a whole, no even close. These other players' I've just mentioned are being pushed out under the spotlight much harder. You guys' have a good afternoon.