As Major League Soccer looks forward to the start of a 17thseason many fans will cast their minds back ten years. Then, it seemed inconceivable that the league would almost double in size within the next decade.
Commissioner Don Garber led a league that was heading to oblivion as had other North American soccer leagues down through the years. But where the implosion of the NASL in the 80s was caused by a rapid expansion of teams that had only served to exaggerate the deadly concept of the weakest link, Major League Soccer decided that the route to success was more likely to be found through contraction.
Before the 2002 season kicked off the….
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