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Sep 5, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
Y'all remember the days in MLS when guys would go BACK to Europe in the off-season on loan?

Landon Donovan playing for Everton, Henry back at Arsenal, Beckham to Milan, Keane to Aston Villa....

What a strange thing, looking back on it....
Guys were just honestly bigger than the league and could do what they wanted at times.

That would never fly in the modern MLS, but honestly it was always fun watching these MLS players return to Europe to prove they still have it.
2012 - Thierry Henry was a RBNY player and was THE star of MLS alongside Beckham, went back to Arsenal on a short loan, and banged in the game winner in his first appearence within minutes of coming on.
2010 - Donovan went on loan to Everton and lit it up. He was named their player of the month at least once, maybe twice, and accumulated 11 combined goals and assists in just 22 games.

Here's Everton - Chelsea in 2010. LD is ALL OVER these highlights.
2012 - Robbie Keane went to Aston Villa on loan and scored 3 goals in 6 Premier League games, before returning to MLS and banging in 23 goals in 37 games for the Galaxy that year.

Scored this banger against Wolves.
I'll stop now, but it's just super strange to me looking back on this little era in MLS.

I'd be interested in seeing Jordan Morris in Winter 2021 get a 8-game stint for a team in Germany during the off-season or something, but it'll never happen. Those days are gone.

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Jun 22
As someone who likes MLS, I don’t know why people around and within MLS are defensive when people try to make suggestions as to how the league could improve quicker.

Is this not how innovation and change happens? By challenging ideas and pushing things forward?
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We all want the same thing, but how we view the best path is different. That’s fine. Just talk about it. No need to be defensive.
We’re getting really deep here, but the best thinkers of history were never obsessed with their own ideas, but they were obsessed with finding out truth even if it meant bending their own beliefs and hearing others out. That’s how intelligent people approach conversations.
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LA Galaxy women, etc.
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Luka Doncic played for Real Madrid.

Today’s women’s UEFA CL final is between Barcelona and Lyon.

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College sports do it with great success - one team name, multiple sports.
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The more I read books about soccer cultures around the world, the more I realize 2 things..

1. Just how behind we are in terms of national soccer culture. 100+ years behind.

2. Just how quickly a nation can catapult itself to the top in the right conditions. It’s possible.
Every major soccer culture in the world built its self from the ground up. The biggest clubs in the world were started by working vlass people discovering the sport.

We’re building from the top-down and it’s given us distinct advantages and disadvantages. We’re very different
Advantages
• Progress isn’t stopped by “tradition”. We’re comparatively innovative
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There’s a lot of MLS players worth protesting to keep out of our national team but Frei is not one of them.
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But if the only thing you are basing it on is his age and club, that’s narrow.
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It’s going to be an insane tournament.
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We’re going to make a pretty big impression on the soccer world.
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Which would you cut?
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It's alright for fan opinions to evolve with performances. It's okay for fans to share opinions at every stage, high and low.
"See 😏😏😏 _____ was right/good all along 😏😏😏 checkmate 😏😏😏"

We should be able to see these things in context and not assume fans have picked a side just because they criticized a player or coach after a bad game(s).

Critical ≠ 'side chosen'
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