Early Issues for MLS

A little more than a month into the Major League Soccer season, and a few troubling themes have emerged for the league.  To be fair, it’s debatable whether these are themes, trends, or more symptoms of the way MLS is structured and organized.

It starts with the horrific injuries to talented attackers.  Two weeks ago, Seattle Sounder and speed merchant Steve Zakuani fell to a scissor tackle from Brain Mullan.  The tackle was late, clumsy, and had nearly no chance of getting the ball.  Zakuani’s ankle was broken and dislocated – he’s out for the season.

A few days later, the reigning league MVP, David Ferreira of FC Dallas was scythed down by Jonathan Leathers.  The tackle was late, clumsy, and had nearly no chance of getting the ball.  Ferreira suffered a broken ankle, likely out for the season.

Then last weekend Real Salt Lake’s best creative player, Javier Morales, was taken out by Marcos Mondani.  Clumsy, late, broken ankle.  Morales out for probably the season.  So that’s three MLS All-stars gone in a couple of weeks. Continue reading

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