It is no secret that Major League Soccer (MLS) has been growing steadily and the numbers are proof of that.
Thierry Henry / Photo: flickr.com/joshjdss
LatinAmerican Post | Laura Viviana Guevara Muñoz
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According to the MLS Players Association report, in 2019, salary growth was 150 percent over a five-year period.
The arrival of European football figures like Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2018, Wayne Rooney also in the same year, or Nani at the beginning of 2019, prove the popularity of football in the United States, a country that focuses on American football, basketball, and baseball.
Although in 2018, and according to figures revealed by Bloomberg, the MLS raised about US $ 1 billion, a low figure considering the more than US $ 16,000 million raised by the NFL, the sport becomes increasingly popular among young boys.
In addition to the above, there is the fact that on December 17, MLS awarded “an expansion team to Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The transaction achieved a record value of US $ 325 million. Another attraction to this sport.
The consolidation of this league, which on February 29 begins with its 25th season, is not only based on the arrival of popular players, exclusive contracts, or the increase of places for city teams, the technical body also plays an important role and the arrival of important coaches ratifies the growth. Therefore, from LatinAmerican Post we show you the most recent incorporations of technical directors to this league.
1. Thierry Henry
The French football legend will be the new Montreal Impact coach. While the team is Canadian, it should be remembered that MLS also accepts teams from this country. Well, the former player not only played for Barcelona and Monaco, but his career ended in the New York Red Bulls, a team belonging to the MLS.
It will be the second time that Henry is the technical director of a team because, in October 2018, he came to Arsenal to try to improve the performance of the English club. However, just three and a half months later, the team decided to fire him. We hope that in this new stage, the new coach will be more engaged and last the two seasons for which he was hired.
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2. Ronny Deila
The former Norwegian soccer player is one of the coaches with the most extensive European tour. Within his list is Strømsgodset, Celtic and Vålerenga, a team where he lasted two years.
He will now be the coach of New York City for three years and arrives after winning three titles in two different countries. According to Deila's statements, on arrival at the team, he intends to evolve rather than revolutionize. “The way I want to play and the way NYCFC has played is very similar (...) I am a very attacking coach. We want to have the ball as much as possible, but we also try to be direct when I have those opportunities," according to statements collected by MLS Soccer.
3. Diego Alonso
The Uruguayan former player arrives at Inter Miami with great records. By his time in the Mexican League, and in charge of Pachucas and Monterrey, he managed to classify two different teams to the Club World Cup. In addition, and according to Marca, he has been the "only coach to be crowned champion of the Concacaf Champions League with two different clubs."
Alonso was a coach of Monterrey until September 2019, when he was fired for poor results because the team was 12 in the standings. However, he will be making history at Inter as he is the first coach because the team is a debutant in the MLS. Given this, the Uruguayan said that “being a debuting team is a great opportunity to create a new winning team in the MLS (...) we trust that we have the ability, together with the owners, coaches, players, and fans to make history in the MLS," according to the En24 portal.