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The United States of America is known to have some of the most passionate sports fans in the world. Unfortunately, the most popular sport in the world (soccer) isn’t consistently supported in the U.S. By that, I mean that America only shows support for soccer when either the men’s or women’s FIFA World Cup is taking place. Does anyone remember Landon Donovan’s game winning goal against Algeria in extra time, which advanced the U.S. National Team into the last of 16 teams in the 2010 FIFA World Cup? Or Abby Wambach’s last minute header against Brazil, which would later set up the U.S. to beat Brazil in penalty kicks and advance to the final match up of the 2011 Women’s FIFA World Cup against Japan (which sadly ended up in defeat). America was beginning to show support for soccer after these two events, but recently there hasn’t been any big tournament that either team have participated in. Therefore, yet another decline in the support of soccer has occurred. But have no fear the MLS is here! MLS or Major League Soccer is America’s national soccer league or the equivalent of the NFL and Football here in America. Like other sports the MLS consists of 19 teams, which splits up into 9 teams playing in the Western Conference, and 10 teams in the Eastern Conference. Amongst these 19 teams in terms of publicity, the Los Angeles Galaxy, and the New York Red Bulls are the better-known teams. The New York Red Bulls most famous player is forward Thierry Henry. Henry played for a Barclays Premier League team called Arsenal for 9 seasons, and currently is playing there on a two month loan. Henry has the most goals in history for Arsenal at 226. The current MLS champions the Los Angeles Galaxy have three big names, midfielders Landon Donovan and David Beckham, and forward Robbie Keane. Beckham has a movie named after him, Keane (like previously mentioned Thierry Henry) is a great striker from the Barclays Premier League, and Landon Donovan is the heart and soul of American soccer. The MLS season kicks off tomorrow with five games. The Columbus Crew take on the Colorado Rapids, and two Canadian teams the Vancouver Whitecaps and the newly introduced Montreal Impact face off as well, both games starting at 5pm. DC United hosts Sporting KC in our nations capital at 6:30pm. And opening day comes to an end with a pair of 9:30pm games, being the San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution, and the defending MLS champs LA Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake.

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