9 Facts About Major League Soccer

1. Major League Soccer has been implementing fines and suspensions since the 2011 season for simulation through its Disciplinary Committee, which reviews plays after the match.

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2. Major League Soccer began to demonstrate positive signs of long-term profitability as early as 2004 with the single-entity ownership structure, salary cap, and the media and marketing umbrella Soccer United Marketing all contributing towards MLS's financial security.

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3. Major League Soccer operates under a single-entity structure in which teams and player contracts are centrally owned by the league.

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4. Major League Soccer took steps to further raise the level of play by adopting the Designated Player Rule, which helped bring international stars into the league.

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5. Major League Soccer was officially formed in February 1995 as a limited liability company.

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6. Major League Soccer is the most recent of a series of men's premier professional national soccer leagues established in the United States and Canada.

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7. Major League Soccer features numerous rivalry cups that are contested by two or more teams, usually geographic rivals.

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8. Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 as part of the United States' successful bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

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9. Major League Soccer is a men's professional soccer league sanctioned by US Soccer that represents the sport's highest level in both the United States and Canada, and constitutes one of the major professional sports leagues in both countries.

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