Five storylines to follow in 2012

Updated: March 10, 2012, 9:36 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

On March 10, Major League Soccer kicks off its 17th season, making it the longest-running fully professional soccer league in the U.S. The North American Soccer League, which enjoyed a brief halcyon period in the late 1970s before fading fast, lasted only 16 seasons after all.

Today, we come to realize that the conversation has almost imperceptibly meandered from "Will this league survive?" to "Just how big will this league get?" Last season's average attendance of 17,872 surpassed ...

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