cfrealmadrid wrote:It's good to see some younger international players than Becks coming to MLS. New faces like Zurawski should help the league's reputation a little bit (or maybe not, depending who you ask). Hate to sound like a typical American "soccer fan," but we need to bring more of these international players to MLS, ones that people have actually heard of. Look what Blanco and Angel did for league popularity. Not that Zurawski is anywhere near their status of course.
That's the wrong idea, though. What needs to be done is huge initiatives via celebrity commercials and lots of private and public funding to increase the popularity of the sport in the US, so more kids get involved with it and make it their passion like they do with their baseball and football, and you will get more homegrown stars, which are even better for the image.
The Cosmos tried it, it really didn't work out. It became more of a novelty then an instilling of a sport into a nation. Same thing with Becks' ridiculous transfer, now he's gone to rot in America to finish his career, and he got dumped from England's squad. A 70's-80's American sports fan: "Oh, Pele, I've heard of Pele. How interesting, he's coming to play in America. *moderate coverage, forget, repeat* " A 00's American sports fan: "Oh, Beckham, I know who Beckham is *moderate coverage, forget, repeat*"