MLS goal: Be among world soccer elite by 2022

MLS goal: Be among world soccer elite by 2022

MLS goal: Be among world soccer elite by 2022

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 9:03 AM

Major League Soccer is giving itself a date and a goal as it tries to grow on the world stage.

Commissioner Don Garber wants MLS to be considered among the planet's top soccer leagues by 2022.

Garber announced Wednesday an outline for what he believes it will take for MLS to be recognized among the world's elite soccer leagues, one that calls for major capital investment in player development — including youth programs, training for coaches and infrastructure improvements at training facilities.

There are also plans for increasing franchise exposure in local markets and expanding fan bases through new technologies.

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