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I've been a fan of Real Salt Lake since it joined MLS and took to the field in 2005, and I've been a fan of MLS since it began in 1996. Lately however I've started to worry about the path MLS is taking and the poor decisions they are making that in my mind threaten the growth of soccer as a whole in the US. (see "Columbus conspiracy" section) Soccer in America will grow only when we have a vibrant and diverse minor league system, something that MLS seems to be smothering at the moment. (see "American soccer wars" section) Let's keep our eyes on the situation and hope for the best, a future where grass-roots soccer and the minor leagues can not only exist but flourish, as well as where the contributions and history of the league's early clubs are appreciated and preserved.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

MLS final sets ratings low

(espn.go.com 11-23-10)

Colorado's victory over Dallas set a record-low for English-language U.S. television viewers for Major League Soccer's championship game.

The 2-1 win Sunday night received a 0.4 rating and 748,000 viewers on ESPN, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. That's down from a 0.7 rating and 1.14 million viewers for Real Salt Lake's win over Los Angeles in 2009.

Since the league started play in 1996, the previous low for viewers was 876,000 for San Jose's win over Chicago in 2003.

This year's game also received a 0.1 rating and 232,000 viewers on Spanish-language Galavision.

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