According to ESPN FC, United States boss Jurgen Klinsmann has come out in favour of introducing promotion and relegation to the American set up.
The MLS is highly unusual in that is doesn’t allow for promotion and relegation between itself and the official nationwide second tier – the NASL (North American Soccer League).
Critics of the system say it harms club and stints player development, while proponents say the league is not economically strong enough to withstand the increased competition.
ESPN now report that Klinsmann has said that the competitiveness of the league and the US international side would improve if a European model was used.
“This thrill of the relegation battle is non-existent in the U.S. league. The risk for club investors to all of a sudden play in the second league would be too high” he said. “But the sporting side would benefit from it. Our players from Europe know that. That furthers our national team. Something is at stake week in, week out. Be it at the top or at the bottom, you always have to perform.”
The MLS leaders have ruled out a change in the current system.