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Major League Soccer (1996-Today)

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Major League Soccer debuted in 1996 as the United States’ first proper 1st Division outdoor league since the demise of the North American Soccer League in 1984. The league endured massive financial losses in its early years and the contraction of two clubs – the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny – in January 2002. Since then, the league has rebounded strongly to a peak of 19 franchises and MLS as a whole now boasts the third highest annual attendance among American sports leagues, trailing only the NFL and Major League Baseball. In 2013 the owners of New York City FC paid a $100 million expansion fee, up from $5 million in the league’s first round of expansion in 1997.

In fairness, MLS probably doesn’t even belong on Fun While It Lasted, as the league is remarkably stable and many would argue (including me) that it has firmly cemented its Major League status in North America now.  Nevertheless, we have so many soccer leagues on this site which had similar ambitions (and less success), that it felt necessary to include MLS just to complete the picture of North American soccer.

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Written by AC

March 30th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

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  1. In 2002 I thought MLS was going to bite the dust, because they got rid of the Tampa and Miami teams. I live in Florida near Tampa and I thought the league was done.
    Now in 2014 it has a bright future.
    I’ve been supporting DC United since 1998 and next year I’ll be adding the Orlando team to another team I support. In fact Orlando will replace DC United as my favorite team because Orlando is only 3 hours away from me while DC is much farther.


    8 Aug 14 at 12:22 am

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