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Keller says MLS goal of joining top leagues of world by 2022 "a little bit optimistic"

In his state of the league address today, MLS commissioner Don Garber said the league has a goal of becoming one of the top leagues in the world by 2022.

Retiring Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who also has played in the top leagues of England, Germany and Spain, said today that seems overly ambitious.

“You’re not going to do it on a $2.6 million salary cap,” he said. “You can talk all you want – and like I said, I have utmost respect for what MLS has been able to do – (but) I think that’s a little bit optimistic. … You can’t expect us to have a league for 15-16 years and then add 10 more years to it and think you’re going to rival the English Premier League or the Bundesliga or La Liga in Spain. It just doesn’t work that way.”