Monday, August 25, 2014

Major League Soccer may want to reconsider it's recruitment process...

Yesterday it was announced that U.S. World Cup star Jermaine Jones will be joining MLS' New England Revolution.  The 32-year-old has played professionally in Europe for the past 14 years.  From an official statement released by the Revs, here's the explanation of how Jones' signing with the team came about:

"As a designated player of a certain threshold, Jones was not subject to allocation ranking for dispersal to an MLS team. The Revolution and Chicago Fire expressed an interest in Jones, and had the available salary budget and a designated player slot to accommodate him. Following a blind draw between the two clubs, Jones was assigned to the Revolution."

For a league that has struggled to maintain relevance since its creation nearly two decades ago, it seems to me that when attempting to bring in top international talent MLS might want to try out a recruiting pitch other than: "We'd love for you to come here, but we're going to decide how much you'll get paid, and what city you'll be playing in."

Just a though...

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