Originally Posted by Grinder
For sure. What sucks about NYC FC and Orlando City is that having two expansion drafts is going to kill other teams' depth while they get to get bargain value on some decent players. Guys like AJ Delagarza, Bobby Convey, Andrew Jacobson, etc. are all probably going to be unprotected players that they can scoop up. I know they just signed Jeb Brovsky from the Impact.
Yea, unfortunately that's one of the downsides of expansion as the quality of play gets watered down a bit although that was the case years ago when less star quality players joining the league but nowadays it's probably not so bad.
But it does open the door for new talent to get a chance and it forces teams to actually spend. Although there's still a ton of parity gone(in my opinion) are the days where the cheapest and most frugal teams can win the league(like Columbus, Chivas, San Jose, etc) and you really need to atleast have 1-2 DP's to be a worthy contender.
Hopefully the homegrown players do get a shot and the draftees as well. There's going to be more openings and all the teams are required to have a certain amount of Americans on their squad. Just remember guys in the USMNT such as Beckerman, Wondoloski, Zusi and even Besler were considered nobodies in the MLS at one point and a few were journeymen. But in general besides the major MLS players(the non-DP ones I'm talking) alot of them do change teams every few years and teams are used of finding replacements, it's all about a game of cap..
Plus, I do think there's talent on the bench of MLS teams that are arguably as talented as the starters(not that big of a gap). For example my team some unknown rookie is starting over former USMNT fullback Bobby Convey and MLS journeyman Kimara and the player is just okay. I feel like that may be the case for alot of teams.