Af­ter World Cup, MLS looks to steady growth

The Covington News - - WORLD -

Even be­fore mil­lions of people packed into out­door fan par­ties, ran out to bars for long lunches and sneaked peeks of games at their of­fices dur­ing the Amer­i­cans’ World Cup run, Ma­jor League Soc­cer be­gan think­ing about how to con­vert some of those fans into sup­port­ers for its own teams.

Play­ing its 19th sea­son and pre­par­ing for an ex­pan­sion to 24 teams in its post-David Beck­ham era, MLS has grown in sup­port and in­ter­est but re­mains a feeder league — with most young star play­ers it pro­duces leav­ing for more lu­cra­tive con­tracts in Europe.

MLS Com­mis­sioner Don Gar­ber wants to change that quickly, and it only helps his cause when stars such as Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley come home to play on U.S. soil.

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