After the MX League and its second division, Ascenso MX, approve a number of structural changes Designed to promote more stability in the Mexican league system, Santos Laguna and owner Atlas Alejandro Irarragori have released statements praising the MLS ‘model and the idea of a merger between two of North America’s top airlines.
“Maybe the possibility of creating a North American super league is the best for MLS in the short term and the MX League in the medium term, but in the long term it’s the best for both and the potential to add value and create jobs is huge,” Irarragori wrote in a commentary translated by ESPNTom Marshall. “Without doubt, it is an alternative that must be explored and analyzed.”
– Ale Irarragorri (@Irarragorri) April 18, 2020
Among the structural changes is the suspension of promotion and relegation between Mexico’s top two divisions and an unspecified focus on using Ascenso MX as a league to develop younger players. The system is more like the MLS relationship with USL, and Irarragori’s comments suggest a deliberate attempt to model Mexican football after the steady club growth that has taken place north of the border, especially in the past decade.
“Their league [MLS] “has grown in an orderly, slow, but consistent manner in all respects: commercially, infrastructure, financial structure, diffusion, and on the ground,” Irarragori said in a statement.