USA legend Lalas expects MLS clubs to win continental trophies
Former USA star Alexi Lalas believes Major League Soccer clubs should be winning trophies within the CONCACAF zone.
Lalas speaks of course of the upcoming SuperLiga final between New England Revolution and Mexican outfit Monarcas Morelia and says if MLS wants to be recognised as a quality competition, then the clubs must win tournaments such as this.
“I expect [them] to be winning international tournaments, because I think that’s where a lot of the credibility and the relevancy is going to come,” Lalas told the Boston Globe. “It’s all fine and well for us to talk about the quality that I certainly feel exists in this league. But, unless you’re doing it at the international level, it loses something.’’
Lalas, who was a foundation member of the Revs back in 1996, also touched on the new-look New York Red Bulls who have added such quality to their list in the way of Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez.
“With what they’ve done with three [designated players] and the talent they have around it, they should be expected to win MLS Cup,” said Lalas. “If you ask Liverpool or Real Madrid, when you spend that kind of money you’re expected to win the trophy.”