Messi and MLS Receive Praise from Jan Oblak

Atletico Madrid Goalkeeper Sees a Bright Future for Soccer in the USA

Feyenoord v Atletico Madrid: Group E - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Feyenoord v Atletico Madrid: Group E - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / BSR Agency/GettyImages
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Recent movements in the transfer market have caught attention, not just for the shift of prominent players from renowned clubs. Atletico Madrid's goalkeeper, Jan Oblak, shared his optimistic perspective on the future of soccer in the United States, especially following Lionel Messi's notable transfer to Inter Miami, a Major League Soccer (MLS) team.

In a recent press conference before the highly anticipated showdown between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, Oblak expressed his belief in the potential growth of the sport in the USA. "I think it's just a matter of time in the United States. Soccer will evolve, and I believe it's on the right path," stated the goalkeeper.

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Oblak, who has been on two tours to the USA with Atletico Madrid, highlighted the constant evolution of American soccer, foreseeing a positive future for the MLS. "I am sure that soccer in the USA has a very positive future. And I know that the soccer league will improve a lot and become more competitive year after year," he emphasized.

Jan Oblak
Feyenoord v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

In addition to Messi, other La Liga names have shown interest in the MLS, such as Antoine Griezmann, Oblak's teammate, and Luis Suárez, former Barcelona striker, who is linked to a possible transfer to Inter Miami.

This enthusiasm is not just an isolated perspective but rather a reflection of a growing trend of high-profile players considering the United States as an attractive destination to continue their careers. Oblak's vision suggests not only a geographical shift for renowned players but also a significant boost to the elevation of the level and competitiveness of soccer in the USA.

While the Slovenian goalkeeper prepares to lead Atletico Madrid in the upcoming clash, the message of optimism and anticipation for a bright future for soccer in the United States resonates as an encouraging echo. With Messi as a catalyst, the MLS may be on the path to becoming an even more formidable force in the global soccer scene.