Should MLS Teams Be Paying Foreign Players This Much?

Benjy MillerContributor IDecember 3, 2008

Have you ever wondered what the most popular sport is in the United States? What about the fastest growing? Well, as I'm sure most of you know, football, is the most popular sport in the United States. Then comes baseball, basketball, hockey, and golf. 

Well, the MLS can see that they are not as popular as soccer is in Europe. So, what are they doing about it?

The MLS, Major League Soccer, will probably never be as popular as the European leagues. Just because soccer is the most popular sport in Europe and a lot of other foreign countries. But, since soccer is the most popular sport in the world, why not import European players to the MLS to make it more popular in the United States?

This is what we have resorted to. Instead of finding our own American talent, we chose to import players to become more popular. Seems like a good idea, right? Well, it is definitely bringing in more money for some clubs, but is it worth paying them so much to have them play here? 

The top five salaries go like this: (From most to least)

1. David Beckham - Los Angeles Galaxy - $5,500,000 base salary

2. Cuauhtemoc Blanco - Chicago Fire - $2,492,316 base salary

3. Juan Pablo Angel - New York Red Bull - $1,500,000 base salary

3. Marcelo Gallardo -  D.C. United - $1,500,000 base salary

5. Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy - $900,000 base salary

Most of the men on this list have been imported from a European club.

Now, if you're a big fan of the MLS, you know that the pay is not very good at all, averaging around $85,000 a couple years ago. So, the question is, should the MLS continue importing players from foreign countries like Europe? Or should they focus on the talent they have in America and bring up the average salary?