MLS deserves to succeed

Updated: November 22, 2011, 9:51 AM ET
By Ian Darke | ESPN.com

Major League Soccer is making some serious headway based on the response to David Beckham's first title win with the L.A. Galaxy, which attracted coverage from all over the globe. But was it just the "Becks factor," or is the American league now a genuine high-profile product?

MLS attendance was up 7 percent this year and TV ratings improved, too. Average crowds of more than 17,800 would seem to indicate that if soccer is still a minority sport in the U.S., it's becoming a ...

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