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11-20-2012, 03:47 AM
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I do think MLS is in much better shape with Beckham leaving than NASL was when Pele left.

There's a lot more "Team" fans now than there was back then. It seemed like NY Cosmos and the entire NASL was more of a Harlem globetrotter soccer circus than an actual league.

most of the western conference teams have strong fanbases now and things are getting better in the east, though some of those teams still struggle with attendance.

A new aging star like Kaka, Lampard, or Drogba would make some sport news. But i don't think it'll come even close to the attention Beckham got.

Beckham was never the greatest soccer player on the planet. But he was one of the most Iconic.

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