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Odds against defending MLS title

Updated: August 3, 2011, 11:52 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

Anything that's been done only twice is either incredibly hard to do or not worth doing. Repeating as champion in Major League Soccer would fall under the first category. In the league's 15 completed seasons, two teams have managed to lift the MLS Cup in back-to-back years: D.C. United in 1996 and 1997 and the Houston Dynamo in 2006 and 2007.

This difficulty isn't particular to MLS -- since the league's inception in 1996, the NBA has seen three repeats, the NFL two, the NHL ...

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