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Major League Soccer

A professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer).

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Agreeing With Paul that Soccer Will Never Make Major Inroads Into the US Market

  • Nov 17, 2009
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I think the main point effecting soccer in the US is that interest in Soccer was only really begun when Pele came here in the late 70's/early 80's. Besides the four main sports that were dominant we have things like NASCAR, Golf and Tennis which are also very popular. It is difficult for Soccer to make any inroads into the established fan base of all those sports. In many of the countries around the world there may be only one or two other sports for the fan base to follow. In some cases the populace as a whole may not have the funds for equipment for some of the other sports. Soccer costs virtually zero to play. Even a sport like basketball requires a paved ground with a hoop and backboard. Soccer can be played on any grass surface, using virtually anything for the goalposts. In the US, is a very minor consideration. Most schools provide equipment that their teams need to play. Lastly, in the US the salaries for soccer are so low compared to any of the other sports I named.

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December 03, 2009
It's coming along, but so slowly that arguments that soccer will never be big are going to exist until one day, people realize that it is big. ESPN is getting absurdly high ratings for their 6 A.M. English Premier League games. MLS is still kicking and still expanding. It's not the NBA, or even the NHL, but 13 years for a league that generally wasn't given a chance at more than 5 is impressive on its own. Finally, the American public just knows much more about soccer, and cares much more. The Confederations Cup this summer demonstrated that even a non-major international competition could be huge news. Sportswriters like Bill Simmons, who used soccer as a punch line five or six years ago, are fully on board with the sport and actually learning how to discuss it intelligently. And if the US gets the World Cup in 2022...that may be the end of discussions like this one.
November 17, 2009
The bottom line is that soccer is an extremely popular activity for the youth in this nation but has failed to make much headway as a major league sport. It is what is and I don't expect it will change much anytime soon.
November 17, 2009
Totally agreed!
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Soccer will never become an important sport in the United States
I have been hearing the same story for more than 40 years now.  Soccer is going to take America by storm.  You just wait and see.  Well, I have been waiting and waiting and still it has not happened.  And in my opinion it never will.  Soccer might be a blast to play but it is still a boring sport to watch.  In spite of the fact that we have now had several generations of youngsters playing the sport soccer has simply not caught on with the vast majority of sports …
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The league comprises 15 teams, 14 in the U.S. and one in Canada. MLS represents the top tier of the American and Canadian soccer pyramids.

Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 as part of the United States' bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The first season took place in 1996 beginning with 10 teams. Seasons run from late March or early April to November, with teams playing 30 regular season games each. Eight teams compete in the postseason MLS Cup Playoffs culminating in the championship game, MLS Cup.

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