Can MLS Take Advantage of Loan System More Efficiently?

In 2013, there were 69 loans involving Major League Soccer players, but the system still sits largely in the shadows. In fact, this past MLS season was the first year intra-league loans were an option for MLS clubs, but not a single club took advantage of such an arrangement.

On the other hand, in many other leagues around the world, these types of loan deals are common. This season in the English Premier League, Tim Howard’s Everton has made quite the splash, competing for a top-four spot, in large part due to the contributions of loan signings Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry—both from other EPL clubs.

With the league growing each year and the MLS academy system starting to produce some real results, the loan system should be a more integral part of league business.


The Success Stories

While high-profile loans remain uncommon in MLS, the 2013 season did see a number of positive examples coming from...

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