Major League Soccer on the Rise

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Major League Soccer has been on a steady rise in popularity, quality, and quantity in the United States and Canada since 2005.
When Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA joined the league in 2005, there was still some pretty poorly played soccer going on.
Now, just 6 years later we have teams that could arguably play in some higher leagues around the world.
Players like David Beckham and Thierry Henry have joined MLS clubs and are making an impact.
Cuauhtemoc Blanco joined the Chicago Fire for a few years and really increased the popularity of soccer in America, especially for Mexican soccer fans.
In 2011 Real Salt Lake participated in the Concacaf Champions League final, only losing by 1 goal to a strong team from Mexico.
Now in the same tournament and although in still in the group stages for this year, the MLS has teams making a strong statement to the other teams in the tournament.
If you want to see the passion of the supporters of Major League Soccer, I suggest you watch a Portland Timbers or Seattle Sounders game.
The fans come out in large numbers and are energetic and loud throughout the match.
If you think that they are loud when watching them on TV, imagine actually going to a game! It is amazing to see 30,000 people erupt in excitement when the home team scores.
There are currently 18 teams in the league, with another set to join in 2012, and plans for a 20th to join in the near future.
Sporting Kansas City just opened a brand new, state of the art stadium that joins several other soccer specific stadiums around the league, with many more teams looking to have their own soccer homes soon.
Although soccer is not the number one sport in the United States and Canada, it is starting to make it's mark.
While we see other sport leagues struggling with lockouts and unhappy players, Major League Soccer has been moving in a positive direction for years.
Big names players are attracted by the Major League Soccer and even big names from North America are getting involved.
When the Vancouver Whitecaps joined this in 2011, it is because Steve Nash was a big part of that.
He is a a partial owner of the club.
Drew Carey is a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders, one of the most exciting teams to watch.
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