Wayne Rooney has urged the American Major League Soccer (MLS) to remove caps on salaries if it is to compete with Europe’s top leagues.
Rooney who was in the books of D.C. United before leaving for Derby County in January said although salary caps were common in other American sports leagues, it would be noble for MLS to scrap it if they were interested in getting the top talents just like their European counterparts.
“There is so much potential there, so much potential. There is so much of a market. 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),” Rooney said on the Perfect Soccer’s Ask A Pro Show podcast.
MLS introduced the cap to prevent teams from spending big on players in what was aimed at promoting a levelled playing field in the market.
But they have a Designated Player Rule that allows teams to sign players that will be outside the salary cap; reasons clubs have always gone for some big names in the game with the likes of Rooney, David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all having featured in the league.