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Brockie: Beckham ownership, Toronto recruits enhancing MLS

Jeremy Brockie says the proof is in the pudding regarding the development of Major League Soccer.

The Wellington Phoenix forward, who spent time on loan with Toronto FC last year, feels the fact that the North American top flight is continuing to attract top players from Europe means the standard of play is constantly improving.

During the 2014 offseason, the likes of Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley, Julio Cesar and Bradley Orr joined Toronto while Maurice Edu landed at Philadelphia Union from Stoke City on loan as no less than 29 players arrived across the Atlantic from Europe.

Brockie is of the belief that the recruitment of these types, particularly in Toronto's case, has the competition heading in the right direction which holds MLS in good stead for the future.

"The MLS continues to grow off and on the pitch," the New Zealand international told tribalfootball.com.

"Obviously you can see by the names of players that they are attracted to the league, they must be doing the right thing.

"The clubs there are very professional and have great training facilities and the home crowds have grown constantly.

"It's a fantastic league and I wouldn't be surprised if big names keep popping up in the MLS."

Brockie also touched on the signing of Manchester United and England great David Beckham by the LA Galaxy in 2007 which really kicked things along in the region.

Beckham has now entered ownership in MLS with his Miami expansion franchise set to officially join the competition in 2017 and Brockie believes it will be a sparkling success.

"Beckham is a very big name in the US and I guess in a way, him moving to the Galaxy sort of made everyone stand up and take notice of the league and where it was heading," Brockie added.

"Playing pro football in Miami with Beckham as the franchise owner, the players and contacts he has from his playing days, I wouldn't be surprised if he attracts some massive names."

In 2013, MLS was ranked as the 49th best league in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistic (IFFHS) which shows how far the competition has come since its inception in 1996.

Some of the biggest names to play in the North American top flight recently include Beckham, Thierry Henry, Alessandro Nesta and Marco Di Vaio with TFC's Defoe, Bradley and Cesar joining that burgeoning list this year.

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