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A World Cup 'bump' for Major League Soccer? Not yet
A World Cup 'bump' for Major League Soccer? Not yet

Three days after much of the country was riveted by the U.S. national soccer team's dramatic loss to Belgium in the World Cup, the Galaxy played a Major League Soccer match at its home venue, StubHub Center in Carson. The game against the Portland Timbers at the 27,000-seat stadium was a sellout last Friday. And Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, a key player on the U.S. team, was cheered as he stood on the field before the opening kickoff. So, did the big crowd reflect a boost in soccer's U.S. popularity thanks to the World Cup? It's unlikely. "It's far too simplistic for us to look at tonight, a sellout crowd, and say this is because of the World Cup,"...

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