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The declining allure of Serie A

Updated: January 16, 2009, 4:14 PM ET
By David Mosse

Earlier this week, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) released a list of the 100 strongest national leagues in the world. Now, I place about as much value on this list as I do the FIFA rankings, but for what it's worth, Major League Soccer checks in at No. 77, probably about 60 spots too low.

That said, it's no secret MLS has a long way to go before being regarded as a top league. Thus, U.S. fans generally support the decision of players like Jozy Altidore ...

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