English-based agent encourages Jamaicans to target the US Major League
Jamaica and other Caribbean players are encourage to target the United States Major Soccer League (MLS) as a key market to showcase and develop their abilities.
The statement was made by English-based football agent Nasir Gray.
The MLS market has been a favourite destination for Caribbean players for several seasons, with the likes of Jamaica’s Andre Blake and Darren Mattocks going on to establish fairly successful careers. For most, however, the allure has remained Europe’s cash-rich big league.
Gray, now an agent for several years, believes the US leagues are, however, a good place to start for burgeoning Caribbean talent and encouraged players to focus on making an impact closer to home.
“Being in the US is good for a lot of us it’s a good stepping stone cause it’s close to home. The climate in most places is quite similar and a lot of Caribbean players have family in America so they tend to feel comfortable,” Gray told SportsMax Zone.
“Let’s make no mistake the MLS is a massive market and it’s growing, it’s getting better and better so it’s not a bad place to be. It’s very competitive and not all of our players are ready for the MLS so the USL is not a bad place to be either, to start off. Maybe for a couple years and step up,” he added.