MLS Attendance at an All-Time High: Is David Beckham to Thank?

When David Beckham arrived in Hollywood just four years ago, he brought a few promises along with his Louis Vuitton luggage and his wife, Posh Spice. One was to make soccer more popular in the United States, another was to help the financial situation of Major League Soccer and his third was to bring titles to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

It is no secret that the "World's Favorite Game" has seen a tremendous increase in interest throughout the entire United States and will have continued growth with the acquisitions and on-field success of high-profile players. While one can say that Beckham did not single-handedly make the MLS what it is today, one can argue that he was indeed the pioneer.

Major League Soccer is now the third-most attended professional sport in the United States behind the NFL and MLB.

Wait a tick—soccer is the third most attended sport per game in the United States? Of America? Seriously?

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