|Philadelphia fans were treated to a relatively boring game;|
other MLS fans were not so lucky.
From there, I see two main reasons as to why MLS reserves struggle to beat minor-league starters:
- MLS teams’ depth sometimes fails to match up with minor-league clubs because, if a club spends big on its starters, the remaining players may have been selected as much on dollar value as on talent.
- More likely, the reserves are still more talented and often carry play, but they lack the decisive technical quality to take advantage of their dominance. You can see this in the number of games where MLS teams, even with reserves, post heavy shot and possession advantages against minor-league opposition but fail to advance.