Growth of Major League Soccer is an opportunity, not threat, to Premier League

24 April 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Major League Soccer is growing with big pace on the US. This development will help English clubs grow their fanbase in the US, says experts. Pictured is Euard Atuesta of Los Angeles FC battling Cristian Roldan of Seattle Sounders during a game at Banc of California Stadium on April 21, 2019.

MLS success is driven by big attendances at expansion clubs. Premier League football is very popular - but can't beat the number of people watching Mexican football.

"Many of those new MLS fans previously didn’t follow EPL, and now will become interested," says expert.

Henrik Lønne loenne@offthepitch.com

It is hard to dispute that Major League Soccer is now at the peak of its success. With 24 teams, and three expansion teams in Nashville, Miami and Austin which are scheduled to join the league over the next two years, its geographical coverage is at an all-time high.

While the league continually attracts better and better players, paying the higher salaries which they demand, roster restraints such as the wage budget help limit the bargaining power of domestic players, giving the clubs in the league tighter financial control.

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