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Chris Klein

MLS develops a buzz with international influx of talent

MLS develops a buzz with international influx of talent

Soccer may be the world's game, but for much of Major League Soccer's existence, the world only rarely penetrated the U.S. borders, leaving the country's top league a primarily domestic one. That isolationism is gone now, swept aside by a vigorous internationalism. This season a majority of MLS players — 50.9% — were born outside the U.S. That has never happened before. And when the Galaxy meets New York City FC on Sunday at a sold-out StubHub Center, the two rosters will include 25 players that came to MLS from foreign leagues. That's also a league high — though Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard suspects that figure will not remain a record for...

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