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Major Soccer League (MSL)
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Organization
    (1978-1992)
    Born in United States
    Originally called Major Indoor Soccer League (1978-1990)
    Renamed Major Soccer League (1990-1992)
    Founded by Ed Tepper and Earl Foreman
    Teams include Baltimore Blast (1980-1992), Buffalo Stallions (1979-1984), Chicago Horizon (1980-1981), Chicago Sting (1982-1983; 1984-1988), Cincinnati Kids (1978-1979), Cleveland Crunch (1989-1992), Cleveland Force (1978-1988), Dallas Sidekicks (1984-1992), Denver Avalanche (1980-1982), Detroit Lightning (1979-1980), Golden Bay Earthquakes (1982-1983), Hartford Hellions (1979-1981), Houston Summit (1978-1980), Kansas City Comets (1981-1991), Las Vegas Americans (1984-1985), Los Angeles Lazers (1982-1989), Memphis Americans, (1981-1984), Minnesota Strikers (1984-1988), New Jersey Rockets (1981-1982), New York Arrows (1978-1984), New York Cosmos (1984-1985), New York Express (1986-1987), Philadelphia Fever (1978-1982), Phoenix Inferno/Pride (1980-1984), Pittsburgh Spirit (1978-1980; 1981-1986), San Diego Sockers (1982-1983; 1984-1992), San Francisco Fog (1980-1981), St. Louis Steamers (1979-1988), St. Louis Storm (1989-1992), Tacoma Stars (1983-1992) and Wichita Wings (1979-1992)
    They played indoors.
    It went defunct.
    It went virtually unnoticed.
    Soccer purists called it 'an unholy bastardization of the sport, unworthy to be viewed as a form of soccer.'
    Every year it would lose a club or two, threaten to go out of business, then be saved by the arrival of a new franchise.
    For most of its history, it was in a constant state of financial disarray.
    Just like real soccer, players faked injuries.
    It fought and scorned the outdoor game mercilessly.
    It helped drive the North American Soccer League out of business.
    It attempted to embrace the outdoor game by fielding outdoor teams and dropped the word 'indoor' from its title, hoping to cash in on the perceived bonanza when the U.S was awarded the World Cup (hypocrites).
    Of the four franchises to win championships, only two were multiple winners.
    Shutouts were rare.
    There was no such thing as a 'tie game.'
    It was designed for the American fan, providing fast action and high scoring.
    It was more entertaining than the outdoor game.
    Some teams averaged 15,000 spectators per game.
    Its top players made more than $100,000 per season.
    It was known as much for its crazy schemes as it was for its novelty.
    During the mid 1980s when it was enjoying its greatest success, CBS Sports covered some of its games for much needed publicity.
    It developed a small core of loyal fans throughout the country.
    It drew more than 27 million fans in its 14 year history.

Credit: Sockboy


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