With the news that Benny Feilhaber is coming to MLS, likely with Chivas USA, this seems an appropriate time to remind everyone that there are a dozen or more national team selectees in leagues of lower quality than MLS, or playing irregularly. It is time to bring 'em back home.
The names are well-known. Some are making the most of their circumstances (Jozy Altidore - now), but others are struggling and starting to look back to MLS with alert eyes. Whether it is Freddy Adu watching the league with interest, or Altidore stating that he could come back to New York Red Bulls. The league is starting to interest those young men who once left.
For players like Jay DeMerit, the league is also of interest. Brad Guzan or Brad Friedel or Marcus Hahnemann could use the League as a step. These players in their prime, or just out of it, need to play. They need to help train their replacements, and they need to inspire Americans here.
MLS was set-up to be a training ground for the United States National team, and it should return to that. Currently only 54% of the League is American (4.6% Canadian), so bringing back higher-end talent would help.
This may be a familiar refrain, but today Garber and company snagged one. This summer they have 16+ Designated Player spots that can be used. Names made famous in the Gold Cup (here on our shores), or the World Cup would be perfect targets.
Bring 'em back home. Pay them. Play them.
Flex the MLS 3.0 muscle. This is not the league it was 5 years ago, and certainly not what it was 10 years ago.