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I'm not much of a follower of MLS, but think Landon Donovan (LA) is the best know US player here. He's on the US national team, and made headlines when he made a point of not going to Europe, and elected to play in the US. Personally think he'd make it the EPL or other top European leagues, but only as a squad player. However think he was afraid of failing in the big leagues.
What they call soccer is big with kids here, and they seem to stick with it up to high school age, but after that it all disapears. Couple problems they have: First they got burnt back in the 70's when they spent big to build up the sport by bringing in Pele, and big names before the league went belly up. Second is compition. With other sports being bigger in this country, most youngsters who have any sporting ability are going to elect to go into a sport that might actually make them money. Football (American NFL type) and Basketball are huge here, and at least in Basketball its not unusual that teenagers end up with multimillion contracts. Third is TV. Even with the leagues that are here, you can't make money in sports in American without TV, and Football does not lend itself to the American tradition of sports viewing. They like Timeouts so they can fit it commercials.
I think its growing, and Beckham might actually have a positive effect (The World cup actually got great ratings on TV here). But its always going to be a second tier sport, so I would not hold your breath for great US players coming to the EPL. Best thing that will happen is the globalization of the sport. I can watch almost any league from my living room, and while there is no substitute to going to the ground, the future is TV. Seems to me MLS will become a feeder league much like the lower divisions used to be, and lesser European leagues are today, for the big 3 - EPL, Spainish, and Italian leagues. With the Yank ownership now at Anfield, maybe we might here some twang mixed with scouse in the coming years!
LOL yea i can just hear that accent now. I thought the scoccer leagues where well down the pecking order over there, it is not suprising. Basketball is a good sport to watch i sometimes would watch over here, but it is on really late at night, so i only really see it when i'm working the grave yard shift. As a british man living in the US have you developed a preferd sport? or is footy still your biggest passion.