Major League Soccer game action takes a break whilst the focus is on the USA National team in action in the Gold Cup.
When it was announced six months before the World Cup of 1994 that a professional league would form two years later there were many skeptics. After all if the likes of Best, Beckenbauer and Pele had failed how would a league of retentively no names survive.
Some 17 years later it is still thriving and attracting so of the biggest names to its league. Not to mention providing a host to the many top European clubs who come to the States every year for vital preseason friendlies in preparation for their national leagues.
Soccer will never be the nations top sport, that can be assured, but a dedicated band of followers support their team fanatically hoping to see them crowned MLS champions. The league also sends exciting young talent to Europe to gain experience and knowledge from some of the world greats.
The passion is the same, the excitement is real and the athletes are committed so over the next few months to we crown a champion I will bring the news, action and probably controversy from a league going from strength to strength and proving once and for all soccer can survive in the good ole US of A.