I don’t think anyone would believe that the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona etc. aren’t using these partnerships as a way to get more revenue and a bigger talent pool to choose from. At the same time, it’s obvious that those in the US will benefit from the ideas that are brought over by the European clubs.
This is not to say that it can’t/won’t/shouldn’t be a two-way relationship but European football is home to the best players, managers, coaches and so on for a reason.
If US Soccer wants to get to where it probably should have been a few years ago given its infrastructure, population etc. then partnering with some of the best in the business is a good way to do it.
And, no Alexi Lalas. I don’t think this would help things get to a point of players choosing Colorado Rapids over Barcelona. I think European football will always be the pinnacle no matter how much the MLS improves. But I’m no psychic.