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David Villa on people who call MLS ‘retirement league’: “.. the people who think that keep thinking about what the League was 20 years ago. The MLS has an average age of 24 years… the Spanish League has an average age of 27 years on average. That speaks for itself”

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David Villa on people who call MLS ‘retirement league’: “.. the people who think that keep thinking about what the League was 20 years ago. The MLS has an average age of 24 years… the Spanish League has an average age of 27 years on average. That speaks for itself”

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34 Comments

  1. crookedparadigm

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    The Spanish league average is skewed though since Costa is turning 100 this year.

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  2. iambackwitches

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    They say it is a retirement league for European stars Villa, of course not for American players

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  3. red_right_hand_

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Times are changing. Alex Hunter went to LA Galaxy instead of Real Madrid.

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  4. abovethewaves1502

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    I think it’s important to highlight a fairly major shift in the last ~1.5-2 years in MLS transfers. I think on the backs of teams like ATL United, there’s been quite a fast shift from trying to attract old European talent to more of the Portuguese style of bringing in young South American talent.

    Yes, MLS was bringing in European stars in their twilight for quite some time. But it’s noticably coming to a crawl compared to 3-5 years ago. Other that Schweiny to Chicago, I can’t really think of anyone coming over in the last year. And even then that was because Chicago lags behind the rest of the league in “thought.”

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  5. Selgin

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    *starts* *handing* *out* *popcorn*

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  6. _justaregularperson

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Taking things literally are we?

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  7. NewRCTID22

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    I’m here to support u/Thatdude2495. Taking one for the team.

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  8. Flanelman

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    I actually really enjoy the MLS. I’d watch it more but I don’t know what team I went to follow. Yes there’s mistakes but it makes for fast entertaining watching.

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  9. CollinTheGreat5

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    I hate the term “retirement league.” There are many Americans who are trying to get into soccer that see that term being used. They could assume that because so many people are calling it that, there’s no reason to even watch MLS, which is a detriment to the growth of soccer in the USA.

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  10. frodohodo

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    [The average age of the MLS is actually 25,8 years.](https://www.transfermarkt.com/major-league-soccer/startseite/wettbewerb/MLS1)

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  11. AlwaysSnowyInSiberia

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    If the MLS is a retirement league, then what are the CSL and A-League I wonder. The obsession people have is ridiculous. It’s a league outside Europe with growing interest. Give it time and get over it.

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  12. Javardo69

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Villa its right. Now they go to china lol.

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  13. GaelsXC

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    On NYCFC there are 6 Europeans, with ages 36 (Villa), 28, 27, 26, 26, 21. All have been called up to their senior national team in the past year (even Villa) except Harrison, who was called up to U21.

    There are two more African players that were born in Europe aged 24 and 20. One has senior appearances, the other U20.

    That doesn’t even factor in the young Latin Americans such as Ronald Matarrita, Jesus Medina, and Yangel Herrera.

    The league is getting better and younger players both from South America and from Europe. Hopefully the league continues to grown so we can become a better league than Liga MX soon.

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  14. xXXChelseaFanXXx

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    No, no it really doesn’t speak for itself. When people say MLS is a “retirement league”, they’re talking about aging European stars. Not the local talent.

    I like David Villa, but come on.

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  15. VTFC

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    this will be fun

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  16. SuperSanti92

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Love me some David Villa, pure class on and off the pitch.

    I wonder what could’ve been for Valencia if they’d managed to keep him, David Silva and Juan Mata together for a few years longer!

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  17. essdotc

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    I’m not American but I do wonder what so many people get out of making fun of MLS. You would think spreading the game would get more support on r/soccer especially since the Americans are going about it the right way and starting to reap the benefits.

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  18. threestardot

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Surely David Villa could present an argument better than this?

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  19. justnivek

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    People won’t accept the mls is good until they do something. No one is watching close enough to see the real progresss the league has been making with becoming a home to European talent looking for resurgence or upcoming South American and African talent. When mls starts dominating concaaf champions league and then competing at the FIFA club World Cup then people will take notice.

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  20. Thatdude2495

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Of the close to 60 incoming transfers to MLS this Winter, only 2 of them have been over the age of 30.

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  21. Kronyon

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Oh shit this thread is going to be spicy

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  22. hellomyfriends69

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Who else came here from r/MLS ? lool

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  23. azevedorenato

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Now ask him if he’d have gone there in his prime.
    Guess we know the answer.

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  24. Weaksidewing

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    MLS is more competitive if you define that by, what to me is obvious, how diverse the league winners are.

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  25. reddevilcanada

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    How many established players from mainland Europe actually play in the MLS for more than 2-3 years before they are about to retire?
    Giovinco is one of the exceptions.

    No world class players are going to come to the MLS from mainland Europe or one of the big European teams until they are a couple of years from retirement and just want a big pay day before they hang up their boots. Who is he kidding?

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  26. SincSohum

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Not a retirement league imo but why are all the MLS stans so against old EU guys coming over? In america, the sport needs to gain more and more interest so more kids play soccer and in turn our domestic product starts getting better. The best way to generate interest is by getting these huge names to MLS clubs. The older stars get to promote their brand in the USA while they attract more interest to the club. Its a win win regardless of their performance IMO.

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  27. JesseLingod

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    He’s right. Also by keep on putting the MLS down does no good for anyone. Why even bother saying anything about the league of you think that poorly of it. Good Guy David Villa.

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  28. TescoValueUsername

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    What percentage of players in the MLS are US nationals? And what benefits do these older players bring? By that I mean do they create increased interest (higher attendances), do results improve and US players improve from playing alongside them?

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  29. mrkesh

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

  30. pisspotato

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    To be fair, most if the european players do only go there in their twilight years. Except for Alex Hunter of course

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  31. throwawaymiamijobs

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Stupid comparison. Nobody calls it that because of the average age. They call it because of the competition level. Its an easy league for older players.

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  32. Brosman

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Can’t people just be excited to see the MLS as a spawning grounds for young talent willing to prove themselves? If the only thing that matters is which league is best, then we would all be watching only one league.

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  33. youngboudha

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

    The level is different … never mind the age lol

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  34. Anonymous

    January 27, 2018 at 4:10 am

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