I think it's a nice idea for the MLS clubs -- BUT I also think it's only fair that such a "merger", if it happens at all, should be done all the way
. So the Mexicans and MLS clubs want in on the Libertadores? Fine, let them in. But if they want to compete with South Americans to improve their status in world football, let's merge the WC Qualifiers as well; let them fight for their WC spots with the South American nations!
Of course -- they will NEVER accept this, as qualifying for the WC would become practically impossible for most North American nations if they had to compete with South American nations. But it would be only fair
. If they want to compete with South Americans to upgrade their competitiveness level (and their status in world football)
, do it all the way, not just taking up space in our club competitions! Let's see how the USA and Mexico do against Uruguay and Chile in WC Qualifiers, instead of facing El Salvador and Nicaragua for their qualification! Just entering the Libertadores party, without jeopardizing their sweet Qualifiers' ride, is like wanting to keep the cake and eat it too... :rollani:
So by all means, let Mexicans and Americans join the South American competitions... but let's have those WC spots as well, let's merge them
too. That way we can have more than six South American nations in the World Cup, the MLS can have a couple of teams in the Libertadores, and everybody can be happy.
But I doubt the MLS will ever
accept to compete with South Americans for the WC spots... therefore, I think it's only fair that they organize their own
international club competition, with teams from their own
It's not reasonable to let them participate in a more prestigious club competition, while allowing them the confort of playing Mickey-Mouse competitors for their WC spots.
Either the Mexicans and Americans accept higher stakes for good
, or they stay where they are, in that secure and non-challenging environment. Letting them play among the big boys in club competition only, while allowing them to play against kindergarten when it really matters... well, it doesn't sound fair