Tuesday's soccer news decides to play nice with the idea that MLS is a growing league with only bright days ahead. That makes it easier to overlook the kind of things that don't play nice with the better examples from professional soccer leagues in the rest of the world.
As the European and Mexican seasons come to a close, it's tough to downplay the kind of things that are still works in progress in good old Major League Soccer. That list fluctuates, but let's go ahead and pencil in the officiating. There are already enough examples in 2017 to argue that the league and US Soccer's various improvements aren't working well enough.
The impending implementation of video assistant refereeing might end up only highlighting the issues. Instant replay may or may not have a soccer-specific future, and it's an open question as to whether or not MLS is the place to help decide whether or not it works.
We can go ahead and add the scheduling issues. We're about to hit another international window that MLS will opt against fully respecting. That means another hit to rosters across the league. A league that isn't as strong up and down its elevens as fans would like.
But hey, let's look to that light side. What MLS offers is the continuation of a regular season that won't conclude until October. That means club games on the calendar when those massive European clubs are no longer playing games that count. Though some of them will be playing games that don't and they'll be playing them here.
In the soccer news, Top Drawer Soccer's Will Parchman looks at the identity issue for clubs across MLS. MLSsoccer.com's Andrew Wiebe argues that Justin Meram is the best wing player in the league. The NY Times' Jack Williams on high profile MLS games disappointing over the weekend. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy profiles potential US Soccer Federation presidential candidate Steve Gans.
The Guardian's Jamie Jackson has Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's response to this season. ESPN FC's Jonathan Smith questions the point of Guardiola's comments. FC Yahoo's Leander Schaerlaeckens uses Chelsea and John Terry as the example for how clubs say goodbye to their players. Inside World Football's Paul Nicholson on Manchester United making a whole lot of money this season. World Soccer's Paddy Agnew on what went wrong for Juventus with an opportunity to seal the Serie A title.
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