Major League Soccer 'Improving' But Good Coaches Wanted, Says Sir Alex Ferguson

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 03/23/17 07:34PM EDT

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is all praises for the Major League Soccer, whose quality of play he described as "definitely improving." Nevertheless, there are still issues that hound the US teams and that's the lack of more quality coaches.

In an interview with ESPN, he claimed that he's been closely watching the Major League Soccer "over the last few years" and noticed some changes instituted by officials. For instance, introducing football academies is a step in the right direction. "I think that what they probably need is more professional coaches. I think that's something for the future," he said.

Another issue is fan support, which can be attributed to the geographic challenges that a big country like the United States poses, rather than the lack of enthusiasm. "If you look at Europe, I can go on a flight from Manchester to Berlin in an hour-and-a-half," he noted.

Ferguson observed that organizing regional leagues will probably drum up support for US football. This is where European football reigns supreme. "It's more difficult in the United States to go six hours to support your team," he explained. "And supporters are vital to the atmosphere."

Meanwhile, Facebook has closed a deal allowing the social media to livestream MLS games. According to the report from USA Today, streaming will begin next week with 22 games initially reported to be distributed to computers, mobile phones, netbooks and laptops. This will probably address Ferguson's remarks regarding the immensity of the US.

Dan Reed, head of global sports partnerships at Facebook, said people can now follow their favorite teams on Facebook. Another advantage is they can interact with the other fans watching the games by commenting and sending emojis. The live shows can be accessed by fans overseas but the matches are only broadcast in English and only be accessed in the US.

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