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MLS on ESPN: A Love/Hate Relationship

Published by on April 17, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLS

MLS probably wouldn't exist today if not for the far-reaching influence of ESPN. Even the most bitter fan can't deny the positive influence that the Worldwide Leader has had on the Beautiful Game here in the States.

Without ESPN, established American stars like Landon Donovan and Tim Howard might be languishing in obscurity on a bench somewhere in Europe or playing big fish in the little pond that is the USL.

A young guy like Jozy Altidore might not be playing soccer at all. Without a domestic league to hone his considerable skill as a youngster, he might have turned his athletic ability to another sport.

And yet, I can't help but feel like things could be better.

Don't get me wrong, I love th...

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