Major League Soccer Returns amid Fanfare, Site on Internet

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Major League Soccer Returns amid Fanfare, Site on Internet


Byline: Kevin Schmit

Does anyone remember Major League Soccer?

Of course you do. With all the diehard soccer fans out there, April 6 was a day eagerly awaited ever since the North American Soccer League folded in the mid-1980s.

MLS, the first top-flight outdoor professional soccer league since NASL's departure, debuted two Saturdays ago when the host San Jose Clash nipped Washington D.C. United 1-0 in front of nearly 32,000 people.

Ashamed as I am to admit it, however, the start of the MLS season practically slipped my mind completely until just a couple of days before the season began.

I'll fully admit that most of that was my fault. But, to be honest, the airwaves haven't exactly been filled with MLS marketing.

Coming off the heels of the tremendous success World Cup 1994 enjoyed in the U.S., the timing of MLS couldn't have been better. But MLS was unable to take advantage of labor trouble in both pro baseball and hockey, and by delaying a year the league missed a golden opportunity to catch some of the major sports napping a little bit.

And now that pro baseball is once again in full swing, and with basketball and hockey nearing the playoffs, soccer is clearly going to take a back seat.

Well, guilt can make you do some funny things.

I decided to find out what I could do to further the cause of Major League Soccer. Or at the very least, do a little research on the league.

I turned to my new best friend - the Internet.

After a brief on-line search, I found the MLS web site. It's filled with schedules, ticket information, rosters, additional links to each team - just about everything you'd ever want to know about MLS.

Plus, it had some other strange but neat stuff.

Therefore, I've decided to dedicate myself to something I stumbled upon while surfing the net.

I will strive to do as many of the "10 Things YOU Can Do To Help Make MLS A Success!" as humanly possible.

But I can't do No. 1 - "Buy Season Tickets" - for obvious reasons. Chicago doesn't have a team.

Number 2 is to bring friends or an entire team to games, which I also can't do. I have friends, but I don't have a team. Both of which are irrelevant, though, since Chicago still doesn't have an MLS team. …

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