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My wish for the next TA tifo...

(Posted this deep in the Dempsey thread from yesterday as well)

As others have said, I have made my peace with Seattle in all of this. It’s not their fault. Sure, I would have rather had Dempsey go to any other team in the league (except LA/NYRB, of course) but whatever…

What I can’t get over, however, is the light this whole process shines on the league rules and what that light reveals. If I was MP I would be irate right now (reason why he’s been absolutely silent on all this?).

I understand the reasoning behind the single entity in the past, the league needed it to avoid going under. And I understand wanting something in place to avoid MLS becoming the EPL with 4/5 Haves and 15 teams just trying to avoid relegation. But we’ve grown passed the need for a single-entity financially and it isn’t the best model to create an even playing field.

I’d love to see MLS 3.0 evolve into a league with some sort of fair revenue sharing as well as a cap and a luxury tax that move up or down with the financial stability of the league. This would give the teams the ability to sign and pay whatever they want for players (as long as they fit under the cap or were rich enough to pay the tax).

For all I know, it’s a million times more complicated than that and that model would not work. Fine, just give me something that is fair. I don’t care what it looks like as long as it works.

But in the meantime, can we please just have some gosh darn transparency?

If I was in charge of these things, this would be the next TA tifo…

Mix Diskerud
- Current USMNT player
- Only wanted to play for Portland
MLS Response: Nope, sorry.

Clint Dempsey
- Current USMNT player
- Only wanted to play for Seattle (or LAG or TOR, whatever…)
MLS Response: Here, let us pick up that $9m transfer fee for you.

Fans EVERYWHERE: Please, MLS, explain the difference between the two that isn’t driven purely by marketing $$ for the league!

All we want are fair, transparent rules to play by, is that too much to ask?!?

Alright guys, I don't believe I have to say this but, just in case, please do not submit anything racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise not appropriate for even the younger Timbers fans.

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