Originally Posted by BuckeyeRed27
I've never understood why it isn't possible to support both. I like soccer and I happen to be a fan of a European team. That hasn't stopped me from being a supporter of an MLS team. In fact, I would say that my support of that European team has increased my support of the MLS team to that point that I would consider soccer my 2nd favorite sport to follow. Going to a Columbus Crew or Portland Timbers game doesn't make you any less of a Real Madrid or Liverpool fan, it is just practical if you live in Portland or Columbus.
It's not hard to support both. I think most people who follow the MLS follow European and/or Mexican soccer as well. Unfortunately there's a subset of soccer fans in this country that for some reason or another show disdain for the MLS. They complain about quality of play, the summer schedule, and lack of pro/rel, among other things. Well the quality of play has made big advances since the league began in 1996. As far as the other stuff, those are all necessary adjustments to make the MLS viable in the US market. Most of those adjustments, especially those relating to salary structure and expansion requirements, were put in place to avoid the fate of the original NASL. Criticism for such rules is silly. The MLS still plays using the same rules on the field used around the world.