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What I find so interesting about the explosion of interest in soccer in Seattle over the last 10 years - which is both broad and deep - is that it has happened almost totally independently of the Mexican American community, whose presence in Seattle is very small.

MLS does seem to know the value of expanding to have a national presence - the Pacific Northwest will have three teams next year, when Vancouver and Portland come into the league. California has three teams, including the revived San Jose Earthquakes (which left in 2005 to Houston).

Already the two LA teams have huge followings. The Galaxy are also the MLS's best team by far this season, but Chivas USA has a strong following among SoCal Mexican Americans, owing to the popularity of the original Chivas (CD Guadalajara).

And the world will live as one

by Montereyan (robert at calitics dot com) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 01:08:09 PM EST
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