With some of the recent transfer acumen made by the MLS it is easy to see why some people consider the league a ‘retirement league’. With recent transfers such as David Villa, Kaka, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Andrea Pirlo. These players you could argue are past their best, however I wouldn’t argue that MLS was a retirement home from the European Leagues.
United State players such as Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey along with foreign talents like Obafemi martins have all played in the league arguably at their best; during the prime of their careers. With upcoming talents such as Mix Diskerud, Gyasi Zardes, and of course recent transfer Deandre Yedlin, the league is definitely attempting to focus on youth.
In a recent press conference, Atlanta United, a recently formed MLS franchise stated that their mission was to have one of the best academies in the world! It is definitely refreshing to see this standpoint as teams continue to purchase expired talent.
With those points made, one could really argue both ways, yes old talent finds its way across the pond. However MLS is progressing, a youthful progress at that.