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  • 11:35 PM ET  02.16
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I think the MLS and how it is marketed is not differentiated enough to catch anyone's eyes.  By that, I mean, it tries to be like every other American sport.  Divisions, playoffs, all star games, etc.  So, what is different about it?  They play soccer.  That's about the only difference.  And that is certainly not enough to grab the attention many American sports fans.But I wonder what would happen if they abandoned the US model for pro sports and adopted a more world wide approach?  Would adopting something different from what Americans are used…
  • 02:31 PM ET  02.07
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I think on a level we are all getting tired of this story.  David Beckham, probably the world's biggest sports star (yes, bigger than Shaq, A-Rod, and Brady), came willingly and excitedly to ply his trade here in the states.  With him, he brought much attention, if only out of curiousity, to soccer here.  And now he wants out even with three years left on his contract.I don't want to dwell on his reasoning for wanting to go.  To go from a start up league and an underachieving team to one of the most storied clubs in the world (kind of like going from some obscure…
  • 02:30 PM ET  02.05
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This brief opening into the large discussion of soccer's place in American sports is really just an attempt to bring up some issue rather than answer them.  Soccer, first and foremost, should not be overlooked by the sporting world.  It is currently, and it is what it is.  But those who ignore the importance of the sport through the world and at home miss so much.  The game is so different than anything we're accustomed to stateside, and that is a point to expand on in a later post.  But assuming that what I say is true, it follows to discuss what must happen…

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