For the last decade, there has been a fervent debate among U.S. soccer fans.
Some fans contend that MLS is an underrated league, and its stars could compete at the international level if they were just given the chance. These fans believe that MLS players get discriminated against for spots on the national team because of the prejudice against the American league.
Other fans contend that MLS is a poor league that produces poor soccer players who are trained in kick-and-chase soccer. This group of fans believes that players in MLS should, by and large, not be considered for the national team because being good in MLS proves nothing.
To people in this class, if you can’t make it in Europe, you’re not good enough for the national team.
In reality, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, but Tuesday night was not a good advertisement for MLS.
Only four players on the U.S.' January camp’s 25-man roster were not from MLS. And while many of these players had never played together before, they did have a three-week training camp to get ready for this one match.
And despite having three weeks to prepare, the display on Tuesday night was poor, bereft of creativity, and to be brutally honest, boring to watch.
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