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USA could have two leagues says Man Utd's Ferguson

Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson believes Major League Soccer has the scope to expand into two separate leagues down the track. The Scottish tactician, who is in the States with his Red Devils for their pre-season tour, feels that MLS could quite possibly head the same way as football in Brazil mainly because of the size of the country.

"I always thought the problem would be the size of the country," said Ferguson. "Travelling from Boston to Los Angeles is a long haul.

"But in Brazil they have two leagues. They could easily do that in the United States if it takes off and they got more clubs involved.

"In fact, you could have four leagues because of the size of the country and the population base. There are unbelievable possibilities for the United States."

And Ferguson also commented on how much the game in North America has come along since he first visited more than 30 years ago when he was in charge of Scottish club Aberdeen.

"It is different to when I first came here in 1978," he added.

"I went to see quite a few teams to see if I could bring something to Aberdeen that would have been useful in terms of not just the football side but the commercial side.

"But it was difficult. Teams used to travel to play three away games at a time and it never really worked.

"Now we see the United States in a different light. There is evidence now that they are starting to produce their own players.

"They have advanced their game because of the coaching and their sports science. Their preparation is first class.

"That has put them to a different level in terms of my appreciation of them and also my understanding that you are not going to get an easy game."

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