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MLS formula for success -- expansion

Updated: January 27, 2011, 4:24 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

Expansion in Major League Soccer is a complex sort of business.

In most companies, new branches spend the first few years leaning on older ones for support until they can stand on their own feet. In MLS, funny enough, it has been largely the other way around of late -- the newer franchises helping to keep the old ones healthy.

Three of the four league leaders in home attendance last year were the most recent expansion teams: Toronto FC, 2007; Seattle Sounders, ...

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