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The Saudis might be splashing the cash and buying up a retinue of football stars, but the best example of a burgeoning league is to be found in North America, as Major League Soccer (MLS) rapidly gains traction in a market where it was long regarded as a minor sport.

With the help of occasional injections of marquee talent such as Lionel Messi, the steady growth of the league is now all too visible. With game attendance increasing exponentially and the league expanding as new franchises join, it’s taken professional soccer to more markets across the US. ..

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