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The MLS plan is to be better than the Liga MX

NEW YORK - In commemorating its 25th anniversary, MLS set ambitious goals for its next quarter-century: Beating the MX League in quality and scope, becoming an export market for players to the big clubs in Europe and placing itself among The five best leagues in the world.

MLS commissioner Don Garber, the co-owner of the new Inter Miami club, David Beckham, and other team owners took part in an event on Wednesday to present the 25th season of the league and discuss the past and future of the US championship.

Garber noted that signing Beckham in 2007 with the Los Angeles Galaxy as the first big MLS player changed the direction of the league and sent the message to the rest of the football world that “it is okay to be a top-level player world and come to the MLS. ”

"Without David, Major League Soccer probably wouldn't be what it is today," Garber said.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Alan Pulido and Rodolfo Pizarro head the swell of Mexican stars who joined the MLS in 2020 by signing with the Galaxy,Sporting Kansas City and Inter Miami, respectively. Two years ago, Carlos Vela joined the LAFC from the Real Sociedad of Spain, and in 2019 the striker was the MVP of the MLS and set a mark with 34 goals in the season.

Midfielder Jurgen Damm could soon join the list of Mexican figures in the MLS when his signing with Atlanta United is confirmed, according to ESPN Mexico.

"Having (over) 10 players in the Mexican league is a good example of how we are trying to gain relevance against our neighbors and rivals in the south," Garber said.

Although the arrival of Chicharito after a long career in Europe with Manchester United, Real Madrid and other clubs captured media attention, the signings of Pulido and Pizarro probably have a greater impact from a strictly sporting point of view.

Pulido, a 28-year-old striker, came to Kansas City from Chivas de Guadalajara after being a champion of the 2019 Apertura Mexico tournament, while Pizarro, 26, is a Miami player and has been one of the best midfielders in Mexico in recent years and was champion of the league and CONCACAF with Pachuca, Chivas and Monterrey.

With this trajectory, “the league is going to beat the Liga MX, and the national team of the United States is going to beat Mexico” in the next decade, predicted Berg, whose team shook the MLS market by hiring Vela in 2018. "Everything will depend on money, and if we can compete to (sign) the best players."

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