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MLS has a lower average age than Liga MX

The United States’ elite division has the upper hand on the Mexican league in age average and total market value, according to Transfermarkt.

Aug 9, 2022; Blaine, MN, USA; MLS midfielder Luciano Acosta (10) of FC Cincinnati watches the ball during a training session for the 2022 MLS All-Star Game at National Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Major League Soccer is celebrating 28 years since it was founded and it has become one of the most important leagues in the entire world. Players like Gareth Bale, Lorenzo Insigne, Giorgio Chiellini, Riqui Puig and Federico Bernardeschi are among the superstars that have arrived in MLS this season and they have increased the level of clubs and players.

MLS was founded in 1993 as part of the United States’ bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup, but at first it was seen as a retirement league because players came from Europe’s top tier at the end of their careers. The trend has changed in the past 10 years and now it has become a league that exports young talent to different clubs in Europe.

MLS is beating Liga MX in different aspects

The US’ top tier is also signing top-tier players who are at the peak of their career and are choosing to play in MLS rather than continue in Europe, as is the case of Insigne, who is 31 years old. What’s more, for many years it was considered that the Liga MX was better than MLS, but the playing field has now leveled.

The Seattle Sounders defeated Pumas UNAM to clinch the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League title for the first time since 2002. Another ‘victory’ for MLS is that it has a lower average age than Liga MX. According to Transfermarkt, MLS players are an average of 25.8 years old, compared to 27.2 in Liga MX.