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Pep Guardiola comments on MLS in pre All-Star press conference

FC Bayern manager Pep Guardiola knows a thing or two about developing talent, turning FC Barcelona into one of the most memorable clubs of the 00’s during his run as manager after a successful career as a player. Now Pep has taken on a challenge in the Bundesliga, replacing beloved manager Jupp Heyncknes after the German giants won the treble in Heyncknes final season before retiring as a manager.

So when Pep Guardiola talks about the game people tend to listen, which is why it was interesting to hear the Spanish managers takes on Major League Soccer. A growing league, Guardiola understands that the league is steadily improving despite lacking the tradition of the European leagues by praising the improvement of the league during his press conference with American journalists leading up to the MLS All-Star Game in Portland where his Bayern club will take on the best players the league has to offer.

Guadriola added to his comments about the league by saying that while adding some of the best veteran players in terms of recognition to grow the sport, he would like to see the league focus on building their academies as well to continue their progress in building talents. Something the league has been extensively working on and has been improving worth, producing several homegrown talents as of late that have been making an impact.

Guardiola’s comments on the league were more than fair as he conceded the growing quality of play in Major League Soccer while noting it is still a ways off in terms of developing the tradition the leagues Guardiola are accustomed to possess. Noting the league is better than before, Guardiola’s comments fall in line with the growing respect Europe has towards the league as more and more talents come from overseas to the North American league. That growing respect should continue as the young league has been enjoying its best season in history, a season that is only halfway through. In 2014, the growing MLS seems to finally be gaining acceptance amongst the European side of the game.

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