Survey: MLS viewed as 7th best league in the world

Major League Soccer is listed as the seventh best soccer league in the world in a survey conducted by World Soccer.   Photo: MLS

WASHINGTON,  April 24, 2013 — According to information released on Twitter from the website SportingIntelligence, Major League Soccer is listed as the seventh best soccer league in the world in a survey conducted by World Soccer magazine for its May edition.      

The study focused on attendance, finances, goals, caliber of players, competitiveness, managers, stadiums and success in continental competitions.

The German Bundesliga is the top league in the world with 60 points followed English Premier League (55 pts.). Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, MLS (28 pts.), Holland and France make up the the top 10.

MLS commissioner Don Garber suggested in this week on Twitter that the 19-team league could expand with teams in the near future to Queens, NY, Miami, Sacramento and St. Louis.

In other news:

Biting ban - Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is a fine player and a joy to watch at times, but oh! does he make life difficult for himself. The Uruguay international has been hit with 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw. The ban covers the club’s final four games of this season and the first six games of 2013-14. This is not the first time Suarez has bitten a player. He earned a lengthy ban while playing in the Dutch league for biting a player in 2010.

Wither Barcelona? It’s hard to see Spanish giants Barcelona advancing to the UEFA Champions League final after being demolished 4-0 by German club Bayern Munich in the first of the two-game series. Barcelona are set to claim the La Liga crown this season, but could this be the turning point for the team. Has this club peaked?

Jack Mc - Kudos to the Philadelphia Union’s 20-year-old striker Jack McInerney, whose six goals in the MLS season’s first seven games make him the leading goal scorer.

Sold out - Sporting Kansas City’s allotment of 14,000 season tickets for the 2013 season at Sporting Park are sold out.

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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