Liga MX President worried about falling behind MLS

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Mikel Arriola, president of Liga MX, stated on Wednesday that he is “worried” about the possibility that the Mexican league could lag behind MLS in terms of player development and investment.

Since failing to win the most recent competitions of the CONCACAF Champions League, Campeones Cup, and MLS All-Star Game, Liga MX, long regarded as the top men’s league in North America, has regressed a bit. All three tournaments presently have awards in the possession of MLS.

Arriola thinks that the Leagues Cup can facilitate the migration of more Mexican athletes to elite leagues abroad. Despite recent efforts to encourage more Liga MX players to go to Europe, Arriola pointed out the disparity in transatlantic transfers between Mexico and the United States.

“They [United States] invest in the youth and they now have 220 players in Europe, we [Mexico] have 35. Another goal of the Leagues Cup next year is to generate a window for our players to [get to] Europe,” Arriola said. “We urgently need that in order to be competitive in the World Cup with our national team.”

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