MLS Paychecks: Is the American Soccer League Value for Money?

While doing some research for a future Bleacher Report article, I stumbled upon Yahoo’s list of the highest paid MLS players.

Ex-European based players, such as Tim Cahill, David Beckham and Thierry Henry, are earning millions of dollars playing in America. Meanwhile, the MLS attempts to compete with gigantic established sports like the NFL and NBA.

This got me thinking: does the long-term gain justify the expenditure?

Do not get me wrong, the MLS has seen a huge increase in popularity and mainstream TV coverage, particularly here in the UK on ESPN and in North America on a range of stations, including NBC and ESPN.

This exposure appears to have seen an upturn in fortunes for some of the MLS based players, who have secured lucrative moves to Europe.

Landon Donovan’s successful spell at Everton, where a short-term loan deal turned into a mutual love affair, and Stoke City's summer signing of Geoff Cameron are just ...

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