Atiba Harris speaks to ElWriteBack about how he views the MLS and what the future looks like in North America for soccer.
With the January transfer window approaching it will soon be time for a number of Major League Soccer sides to ship out their star players to Europe in order for them to continue to get game time under their belts.
Some of the most notable MLS stars to spent time in Europe include: LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan who spent time with Everton in 2010 and 2012 plus Robbie Keane who returned to England in 2012 when he joined Aston Villa on Loan.
In recent years’ players have turned down the chance to play in some of Europe’s top divisions in order to play in America. With quality such as Kaka, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo gracing the MLS it is obvious there is an attraction.
English superstars and former internationals have followed in David Beckham’s footsteps by signing for North American based sides. Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are the most notable pair.
One player who has experienced the MLS for a number of years is Atiba Harris of FC Dallas.
The St. Kitts and Nevis international was part of the 2016 Western Conference (Regular Season) winning side.
Harris spoke about the MLS and its development saying: “The MLS has been growing each year.
“Clubs in the MLS are developing a lot more quality standard of players as well as attracting young talent from overseas who are now using the MLS as a way to get noticed by their national teams.”
With a number of teams joining the MLS each year, it looks like there will only be an increase of interest in America’s top division.
Yes, there is a lot of money involved in the MLS as there is in the Chinese Super League, but we need to realise that football is now a business and this is the only way a division or even anything in football can grow… a perfect example is the controversial Red Bull Leipzig who are currently dominating the Bundesliga.
Harris went on to say: “The MLS still has a long way to go in order to compete with the top leagues in the world but I think that every year the standard has been rising and hopefully one day we’ll be able to say that the MLS is one of the best leagues in the world.”