Some may disagree with this but I sense it’s true – not just from what I’ve seen but statistically as well.
At no point in the history of Major League Soccer have we seen more teams win with more controlled possession; a trend occurring in Europe (in the strongest domestic leagues) a swell as internationally during the World Cup.
As each year passes better coaching, better analyses, better scouting, and better money is finding its way into Major League Soccer; nevermind that some of the better coaches are finding there way out too… Martinez, Berhalter, and Marsch to name a few.
I’d also offer the base of the training pyramid is starting to get better. Having recently attend USSF coaches training I can offer the ‘play – practice – play’ approach is working; at least from my first person view.
No longer do we see pedantic ‘drills’ set up in a non-soccer playing environment. It helps no-one to teach a player how to turn the ball if they don’t get why, when and where that turn is best suited.