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Joining the big leagues

Updated: March 15, 2011, 12:26 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

If MLS was a publicly traded company, now would be the time to buy stock.

Entering its 16th season, MLS is fortifying its position. While profitability may still be a utopia -- just six of 16 returning clubs are thought to have had a break-even season in their existence -- the league may soon acquire something much more valuable: relevance. Relevance in the larger soccer universe and relevance in the American sporting landscape.

Factors which will inevitably boost ...

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