“Stevenage have appointed former Arsenal scout Gary Smith as their new manager.” – The opening to a BBC story posted on their website on January 25th, 2012.
The next line of the article noted that Smith had coaching experience with the Colorado Rapids of MLS but you needed to hang in until a third of the way through the story before you were told that the Rapids, under Smith, actually won the MLS Cup in 2010.
In ranking Smith’s time at Arsenal as a scout above managerial experience in Major League Soccer the news story encapsulates an attitude that is still very prevalent in the UK, and in particular England, towards MLS.
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