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MLS gives Gold Cup a big boost

Updated: June 10, 2011, 1:21 AM ET
By Brent Latham | Special to ESPN.com

A record 32 Major League Soccer players are taking a break this summer to represent their respective countries in the Gold Cup. That's a new high in terms of international influence for a league that's been around for all but the first two of eleven Gold Cups this far -- this year's total trumps the 29 on rosters two years ago.

But the sea change in MLS's regional power is more definitive than those numbers make it seem. In 2009, a U.S. B-squad leaned heavily on the league for ...

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