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Soccer in the United States has long been popular amongst all ages and it is the most popular recreational sport for both boys and girls, and according to History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game, has been so for about 25 years. This late 20th century boom is attributed for the most part to the existence of the North American Soccer League from 1967 to 1984, and the New York Cosmos, its marquee team which included among its players stellar names like Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer.

Professional soccer has expanded since the mid-1990s, especially since the 1994 FIFA World Cup which was hosted in the United States for the first time. Both the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women's World Cups were also held in the USA, and the United States women's national team is one of the best in the world. Their home crowd of over 90,000 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California for the 1999 World Cup Final remains the largest crowd in the world ever to witness any women's sporting event.

More and more Americans, having played the game in their youth are now avid spectators. Most cities with Major League Soccer teams have large fan bases. In addition, as Latin American immigration is increasing overall in the entire nation, so is the popularity of soccer.

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Seattle Sounders FC and Red Bull New York kick-off to start the 2009 MLS season
Seattle Sounders FC is a Major League Soccer (MLS) team based in Seattle that plays its home matches at Qwest Field. It was established in November 2007 as an MLS expansion team.

The league's 15th team; Sounders FC began play in the 2009 season. During that season every home game was sold out, a new MLS record for average match attendance was set, and they sold the most season tickets in the league. The team finished the 2009 season with a winning record and qualified for the MLS playoffs, where they were eliminated in the conference semi-finals. Sounders FC is the second expansion team in MLS history to win the U.S. Open Cup tournament in their first season and they also compete with rival clubs for both the Heritage Cup and the Cascadia Cup.

Along with several organized groups; a 53-member marching band called the Sound Wave supports the team at each home game. Fans also selected the Sounders name for the club through an online poll in 2008, making the Seattle Sounders FC the third Seattle soccer team to share the moniker.

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Supporters of the Poland and United States national soccer teams meet before a game. America played their first ever international game in 1885 and have appeared in eight World Cup final tournaments.

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Guillermo Schelotto attending a "meet the crew" event in Columbus
Guillermo Barros Schelotto (born May 4, 1973 in La Plata, Argentina) is a soccer player who plays in the winger position. Guillermo had played for Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (1991-1996) and Boca Juniors (1996-2007) of the Primera División Argentina before moving to the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer in 2007.

El Mellizo ("the twin") started playing professionally at the end of 1991 with Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, where he scored 45 goals in 181 matches and in 1993 won the AFA Centenario Cup. On September 14, 1997 he transferred to Boca Juniors, for whom he played for almost 10 years. He remains one of Boca's top ten scorers.

On April 19, 2007 he announced he would sign a two-year contract with Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew. Schelotto made his debut in the US on May 5 as a substitute and went on to become a team leader and fan favorite in Columbus, helping to turn their season around. He led the team with 11 assists and scored 5 goals in 22 games in his first season with the club.

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  • June 30: Messi speaks of Argentina exit after losing Copa América Centenario over penalties
  • June 27: Colombia beats USA 1-0 for 2016 Copa América bronze
  • June 20: Argentina beats Venezuela 4-1 in Copa América quarters; Messi equals Argentina's scoring record
  • May 6: FIFA ethics committee recommends lifetime ban of former FIFA vice-president
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