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06-13-2011, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by adaminnj View Post
Your expansion argument would be good but then you would have to explain the MLS markets and why there is no pro cricket, field hockey leagues in the US? Soccer is the worlds #1 sport but it's not getting the foothold in the US market one would expect in a pro-league even with kids playing soccer all over the US and Canada. I do have to say that in some markets MLS teams get a better turnout for home games than southern market hockey teams
Quick: what triggered the soccer boom in the United States?

Answer: the World Cup being played in America in 1994, despite the fact that previous leagues had failed in the United States even with some of the world's premier talent.

In 1994, the United States did not have anything resembling a decent-quality professional soccer league. FIFA put the World Cup here anyway, anticipating that large crowds of transplants and visitors from out of the country would be able to change that. Shortly after the massive success of the World Cup, MLS was formed and, although it took a while, it's taken hold and been very successful. The United States is starting to produce elite talent....ALL of this was unthinkable 20 years ago.

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