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Just last summer, during the MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park, Don Garber made a seemingly-radical proclamation: Major League Soccer would have 24 teams by the end of the decade.
At the time, that seemed like an ambitious, crazy and ambitiously crazy statement. The league was 19 teams strong, attendance was up and, while still concerning, TV numbers weren't the flaming tire fire they had once been. It seemed like slow and steady expansion to smart soccer markets had bolstered the league's bottom line, image and on-field product.
Apparently, slow and steady isn't really the plan anymore. From 2004 to 2012, the league added nine new franchises. In the last nine months: Four.
Charles Gooch. 35 minutes ago