Lately, there's been a lot of debate in soccer circles as to what is the best league in the world. No doubt, some of that debate is spurred by statements by the MLS brass that they have shifted thier focus from a survival mode to a quest to become the "best league in the world". It's an interesting question, but what exactly do we mean when we say "best league in the world"?
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- Quality teams: From top to bottom the teams must be good and able to make for exciting matches. In other words, there must be parity, so that a league leader's match against a cellar dweller is not a forgone conclusion. The EPL certainly has strong teams from 1-12, but there are some stinkers at the bottom. La Liga sees a major drop off after the top 8. The Bundesliga has good parity throughout making even the bottom table match-ups exciting. Serie A has pretty good parity this season.
- Fan participation and attendance: There's no question that games with fans who are into the what's happening on the field dial up the intensity and excitement. However, a few thousand die-hards just can't make up for tons of empty seats in a stadium. So, attendance across the league must be good. The Bundesliga surely has the advantage here, as they are the best attended league in the world, and their stadiums rock for each match. Too many of the EPL, La Liga, and Serie A matches are half empty toward the end of the season.
- Champion diversity: Perhaps this is just different version of my first point about league parity, but a league with one or two teams who dominate the league is a bummer for everyone. All the league's have deficiencies in this area. See Madrid and Barcelona, Inter and Milan (maybe not this season), Chelsea and ManU, and Bayern Munich.
UAH Split Results Against Georgian Opposition
Last Saturday, UAH matched its win total from the previous season with a 5:0 shutout of Georgia Southwestern. The goals came from five different scorers as Mitch Wilson, Jared Muggleton, Kyle Simmons, Oscar Leon, and Brandon Lemier each notched one. The performance capped an excellent week from Kyle Simmons who was named GSC Player of the Week.
UAH (4-3-0) will try to turn things around when they travel to take on St. Leo on Sunday.
UAB Ranked in National Polls
the various national rankings. Surely a loss to a tough Portland team will knock UAB down a few notches, but the Blazers expect to continue their early success in the hopes of making an appearance in the NCAA College Cup to be held in Hoover, AL this year.