Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images For a sporting nation that is used to having the best of everything, it seems strange that soccer has taken so long to grip the United States. It is the biggest sport in the world, with four billion fans, and there are now signs of a breakthrough. As a new Major League Soccer season begins, there is increasing evidence that the global game is being embraced. According to New York City FC (h/t CNBC) last year, attendance had grown from 2.9 million to 7.3 million over the previous 10 years, while a 2017 Gallup poll suggested that among 18 to 34-year-olds, soccer had overtaken baseball and matched basketball in popularity. . Subscribe to the B/R Football Ranks podcast: iTunes, Spotify While European and international football likely factor in to those numbers, it’s a major movement against two of the nation’s traditional sports; the next question is just how far can MLS now progress? The league launched in 1996 with 10 teams and—eight years later—that remained the case. But since 2004, the rise has been rapid—24 teams will set out on a quest for glory in this latest campaign. FC Cincinnati are the latest franchise to join and will hope for similar… Read full this story
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