With the MLS season about to kick off a flurry of news has come down over the past few days. Over at ESPN FC, friend of the blog Jason Davis has ten storylines to watch for in 2013. Waking The Red’s David Rowaan has made his post-preseason depth chart predictions for Toronto FC. And MLS unveiled their website redesign, which is overly mobile friendly and a little too blue.
It’s all very exciting. News out of New York, however, may put a damper on the positive vibes emanating out of Soccer town, North America. Speaking with a Red Bulls beat reporter, Thierry Henry lamented the loss of Kenny Cooper and questioned the merits of MLS’ salary cap.
Via Franco Panizo:
“As you know here, with salary cap and all of that, that’s the only reason why he left. It wasn’t for a football reason,” said Henry. “It is annoying because you knew, I don’t know how he used to do it, but if the ball was going to hit three guys, the ball was going to land at his feet and he was going to put it into the back of the net.
“If you’re in any other league in the world, you keep your good players. Not in this league,” said Henry. “That’s just the way it is and that’s why most of the time you see players [moving] and being traded. It is an American way of dealing with things, salary cap, draft, trade.”
A couple things. We saw how well a non-capped system worked in the NASL. Clubs across Europe are mired in financial strife thanks to unchecked spending. A non-capped league would also afford incompetent ownership groups the opportunity to destroy their already floundering teams with incomprehensible buys –Toronto FC, come on down.
Arguments for making tweaks to the system –lessening the restrictions on the the third DP spot, changes to how allocation money is handed out– make a lot more sense than overhauling the framework of a league that cannot act with financial impunity.
Panizo states Thierry Henry ‘understands what the MLS salary cap is all about.’ I’m not sure he does.