Time for Major League Soccer to Allow Its Teams to Sign Players Freely

Fourteen years of having Major League Soccer’s league office monopolize all player negotiations and signings is enough.

Fourteen years of depriving the LA Galaxy, DC United, Colorado Rapids, Kansas City Wizards, and other MLS teams from freely having the chance to at least attempt to acquire world class players in their prime like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, or Lionel Messi, is enough. New York Red Bulls fans, Chicago Fire fans, Houston Dynamo fans, Chivas USA fans, FC Dallas fans, Sounders FC fans, Toronto FC fans, San Jose Earthquakes fans, Real Salt Lake fans, all fans want their teams to have a fighting chance, to have the freedom to do all they can to sign any player in the world that they want.

Like Commissioner Don Garber likes to say, MLS is an American league managed in an American way.

Freedom is the American way.

Since its inception in 1996, MLS, the U.S.'s first division men’s outdoor professional league, instituted a singl...

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