It has taken almost two decades of work, but the league has fans, a sizeable TV deal, and has been able to work with municipalities to get money to build soccer-only stadiums. There is even a movie out called “The Sons of Ben” which highlights soccer fans’ efforts in the Philadelphia area to get an MLS squad.
With the growth of the league, has come some growing pains. Players see more money coming in and want more money, and the owners who claim they have lost money, don’t want to share new money coming in.
It sounds as if the MLS has made the big time and could join the NBA and NHL. It’s just like in the 2010’s when leagues lost games because of a labor dispute.
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