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RSL: Youth is being served in Major League Soccer

Having a young fan base bodes well for the long-term viability of Major League Soccer.

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Long gone are the days when confused fans cheered at the wrong time, or loved the excitement of the league’s now-defunct penalty-kick shootout — anathema to the "true" soccer fans, to whom the league now markets itself.

"Globally, people are now looking at MLS and saying, ‘Wow, there are true football fans supporting that league in North America,’ " Courtemanche said. "It’s just a totally different dynamic that we’ve seen ... in maybe the last six or seven years. It makes it more exciting for everyone."

At a glance

MLS’ fan base

A Scarborough Sports Marketing study in 2009 showed MLS had a higher percentage of its fans in the coveted 18-34 demographic than any other pro sports league in North America.

League/Pct. fans 18-34

MLS » 37.8

NBA » 33.4

NFL » 31.9

NHL » 29.6

NASCAR » 29.4

MLB » 28.0

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