Trend or growth? Stars off to Europe

July 30, 2004
By Brian Trusdell
NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer is becoming a major talent pipeline, developing players who are signed away by higher-profile, higher-paying European clubs.

In the past year alone, the American league has lost seven U.S. National Team players to teams in England, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands. The MLS All-Star Game Saturday in Washington will give rising stars such as San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Landon Donovan a chance to showcase their skills for suitors abroad.

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