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MLS is ranked 29th most competitive soccer league in the world


Major League Soccer has been working to elevate its position as one of the top competitive soccer leagues in the world. Still, a new study may be hurting that metric.

Twenty-First Group is a sports information agency that works to compare competitions on different continents. Think about Five Thirty Eight’s global football rankings. Twenty-First Group wanted to analyze what impact the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo would have on Al Nassr and the Saudi Pro League. In doing so, the group’s chief intelligence officer, Omar Chaudhuri, provided a kind of reality check for MLS fans.

He ranked the Saudi Pro League level with Major League Soccer when he spoke Dan Sheldon van The athletic.

“The only comparison I can think of is MLS,” Chaudhuri said when comparing the competitiveness and quality of the Saudi Pro League. “We rate the MLS as the 29th best league in the world, so it’s not that low. But the difference with the MLS is that the quality is much more concentrated.”

Chaudhuri means that MLS is much more competitive. In other words, the worst team in the MLS has a better chance against the best team in the MLS than the worst team in the Saudi Pro League would have against the best team in the Saudi Pro League.

Domestic players are key to MLS as a competitive soccer league

One of the biggest factors in the Twenty First Group ranking is the role of domestic players. Chaudhuri even added, “the quality of your league is essentially determined by the quality of your local talent.” Therefore, when looking at the group rankings, world-class up-and-coming talents like Ronaldo don’t do much for a league’s overall ranking.

Call this back to MLS’ somewhat dated tactics of attracting stars in the later stages of their careers. Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba and Bastian Schweisnteiger didn’t do much to raise the league’s rankings back then, using Chaudhuri’s logic.

However, they did help grow the game’s fandom. As a result, more young people started playing and following MLS. Then the talent pool of American football grows and MLS reaps the rewards. MLS reported this at the start of the 2022 season more than 50% of the players came from Canada and the United States.

Hopefully, for the sake of MLS, the cycle continues. MLS can capitalize on its status as a competitive football league if the quality of domestic football improves.

PHOTO: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

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