Do Three Signings Show Marked Progression For MLS?

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIJuly 20, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - JULY 17:  Thierry Henry #14 of the New York Red Bulls gets ready to do an interview before a game against the Columbus Crew on July 17, 2010 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Was the week commencing the 12th of July 2010 the greatest in the history?

Quite possibly. In just seven days the league made three signings, one of which arguabley rivals the capture of David Beckham back in 2007

Firstly there was the arrival of French legend Theirry Henry.

New York had finally, got their man.

Second there was Blaise N'kufo.

The Swiss international had been a pre-world cup signing by Seattle.

Last but no means least (if he gets his head right), Nery Castillo.

The Mexican international agreeing to join Chicago Fire.

These three signings are massive in the progression of this league, we all knew Henry would at some point end up with New York. We also knew that N'kufo was going to join Seattle before the turn of the year.

But the arrival of Castillo was a surprise, just two years ago he was one of the hottest properties in European football.

True enough over the last two years his stock has plummeted, but he is only 26 and has time to resurrect a career.

Players who are in the twilight of their career, such as Henry and N'kufo are also a huge benefit to a developing league such as the MLS.

These are players who could easily still perform to a very good standard in European football and on this occasion players who will care about the teams they play for.

The signing of N'kufo will turn out to be a very good one not for just Seattle but for MLS as whole.This is a player who won the Eridivise with FC Twente last season and is a proven goal-scorer at a much higher level than MLS.

The signings demonstrate the league is beginning to grow, slowly in this case but there is definite progression.

MLS seems to have learnt from the mistakes of the NASL, and isn't throwing money at players left, right and centre.

The likes of Henry and Beckham are undoubtedly paid vast sums of money. But these are very marketable players and are very good assets to both the league and their respective clubs.

Year by year the league grows in strength, and improves in quality. This shows a marked improvement of the running of all things football in North America.

Expansion teams are also making the league more popular, with both Seattle and Philadelphia becoming great success'.

All in all the future looks bright for the MLS, and if they can continue to make signings in the same ilk as Henry, N'kufo and Castillo then all the better for US Soccer.