New York City FC have just signed Frank Lampard, their second major signing of the summer after confirming the arrival of David Villa earlier this month.
City are also strongly linked with Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez from Barcelona. But by signing these players, are they ruining the MLS?
I am a British national, and have watched the Premier League being taken over by huge signings, wages and non-nationals. This is sometimes a great thing, we get World Class players in our league and can watch them week in, week out. However, our national team has suffered as a result.
I love watching the MLS, mainly because of the amount of home-grown players playing alongside the occasional washed up star.
But I worry that the money that New York City are pumping into their squad could pave the way for others to do the same, to the detriment of the U.S. Men’s National Team.
City have four senior players currently on their books, at an average age of over 31. They are showing no signs of signing any young U.S. hopefuls to give them experience of playing at the highest level.
That in a nutshell is the main problem with English football. Most teams in the Premier League, especially Manchester City and Chelsea would rather buy from abroad. This makes it very hard for young players from England to break through to the first team and gain experience in the EPL.
The US is finally falling in love with soccer, especially after a wonderful performance by the USMNT in the World Cup. But this love could be lost if money ruins the MLS, like it is doing to the EPL and other European leagues.
If New York City continue to splash out large amounts of money in wages, and I am sure transfer fees will follow, then U.S. soccer fans can say goodbye to their league and eventually their national team.