Former England captain Wayne Rooney said that Major League Soccer (MLS) must remove caps on salaries if they want to compete with Europe’s top leagues.
Rooney has spent 1.5 years at D.C United club and thinks that, “Although salary caps were not common in other American sports leagues, it was not feasible if the MLS wanted to be compete with European leagues in attracting top talent.There is so much potential there and there is so much of a market.”
In addition to his point he said, “I said it when I left D.C. (MLS) have to take on the rules that Europe and the rest of soccer are taking. Although, they might not want to, and I know the rest of U.S. sports don’t do that, but if they don’t, then they will never get there (the level of European leagues.”
The MLS has a Designated Player Rule that allowed them to sign players such as Rooney, David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and allows team to sign players that will be outside the salary cap.