How committed is your MLS team to winning and developing for the future? Grant Wahl presents his 2016 MLS Ambition Rankings.
The 2016 MLS season is upon us this Sunday, and so it’s an ideal time to come out with my MLS Ambition Rankings. MLS is certainly an ambitious league, with commissioner Don Garber saying he wants it to be one of the world’s top soccer leagues by 2022.
But some MLS clubs are more ambitious than others—as you’ll see here.
As always, my MLS Ambition Rankings take into account a number of factors. Do you spend money on Designated Players? Have you built your own soccer stadium? Does your owner/chief executive speak out publicly (on Twitter and elsewhere) and act like winning is the most important thing in the world? Does the atmosphere at your games feel major league? Do you create real buzz? How much do you pony up for top-flight training facilities, youth development academies and your own USL teams?
How well does your team back up what it says it’ll do? Does your club have an identity? And which teams do things the right way?
This year I also sought to back up my rankings with more reporting by sending a questionnaire to all 20 MLS teams (plus 2017 expansion team Atlanta United FC) asking them about their investments and ambitions for their clubs.
(You can read more detailed results of that questionnaire here–Behind the Ambition Rankings. For your specific team's info, click on the team name below.)
Without further ado, the 2016 MLS Ambition Rankings: