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MLS needs to lift salary cap to improve - LA Galaxy's Beckham

David Beckham feels it is imperative that Major League Soccer increases their salary cap if the competition wants to improve.

North America's domestic league has come on in leaps and bounds in the past decade with the quality of play improving, average attendances soaring and world-class players joining but LA Galaxy ace Beckham wants to see a boost in wages occur to help further develop the standard of MLS.

"It's better now," Beckham told MirrorFootball on the standard since he joined from Real Madrid five years ago. "But then I'm going to say that.

"You've got Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez, Robbie Keane playing here now and other talented players.

"You see the coverage football gets on the TV now and it's more than we get in England. Whether they are Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, MLS, there are always games on the TV.

"There has been a real explosion of interest in the Pacific North-West [where] Seattle are getting massive crowds. And the majority of games that the Galaxy play are sold out.

"This season, I've definitely felt a shift with football and the attention the league is getting, but they need to spend a huge amount of money to get to the point where the best players are coming here in their prime.

"They definitely have to lift the salary cap. They have to.

"The amount players are paid in Europe, they're not going to suddenly drop to a salary cap level in a different country.

"That has to change.

"Then that might lead to a huge television deal. Those are the kinds of things that will take football to another level here."

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Andrew Slevison
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