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MLS' expansion plan has worked

Updated: December 8, 2011, 12:42 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

It's not easy being Major League Soccer. These days, as it turns the corner and careens towards real, tangible, undisputable cultural relevance, the league labors under dual and irreconcilable pressures. It is expected by some to resemble both a traditional soccer league -- with a single-table format, promotion and relegation and a regular-season champion -- as well as a top-tier American pro league, with playoffs and the economic wherewithal to break even every year. The latter paradigm ...

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