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Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer Hardcover – May 1, 2010

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“Dure expertly leads readers through the first decade and a half of Major League Soccer’s existence. Informative for diehards and newbies alike, Dure’s tome is a welcome addition to the small (but thankfully growing) MLS bookshelf.”—Black and Gold Standard
(Black and Gold Standard 2010-06-25)

“Longtime MLS fans will love this book, thrilled that the early days of the league have been captured for posterity so well. But if you’ve only recently become converted to soccer through the recent World Cup and want to know more about the continuing growth of American soccer, Long-Range Goals is the perfect place to start.”—popdose.com
(popdose.com 2010-07-16)

“An excellent piece of work. Beau has contributed the first comprehensive overview of where the league has been and where it's likely headed.”—bigsoccer.com
(bigsoccer.com 2010-07-16)

“An extraordinary read. Not since Grant Wahl’s bestselling The Beckham Experiment have fans seen such an inside view of the league’s machinations and the personalities behind them.”—mlssoccer.com
(mlssoccer.com 2010-07-26)

“There simply aren’t many books about American soccer, and Long-Range Goals ably fills the gap of knowledge about the unique, zany, controversial, audacious, outrageous—and, yes, visionary—history of Major League Soccer. Nearly all the main figures in MLS spoke to Beau Dure, who produced a useful account for anyone who’s interested in fútbol American-style.”—Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of The Beckham Experiment
(Grant Wahl 2010-05-15)

“Unfortunately, too much of our American soccer history has been poorly documented. Thankfully Beau Dure has given us an incredibly detailed, thoughtful, and entertaining exploration of the strange and beautiful adventure that is Major League Soccer. For American soccer fans, this is the definitive account of the league’s history.”—Alexi Lalas, National Soccer Hall of Famer
(Alexi Lalas 2010-05-14)

About the Author

Beau Dure has covered Major League Soccer since 1999 and resides in Vienna, Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597975095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597975094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Any fan of Major League Soccer will love this book. It's a detailed account of how MLS survived its infant years and is even starting to thrive now with new teams and stadiums being built all over the US. It really is a great league that doesn't get the attention it should. I recommend this book to any MLS fan or fan of soccer in America. Hopefully it'll bring more attention to this exciting league.
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I was a bit apprehensive about a history of Major League Soccer because I've found too many times soccer journalism in the states speaks more to the non-fan than to those that are familiar with it. I was wrong to be apprehensive. This book provided a clearer context for the creation of the league than anything I have ever read previously and it did so without catering too the leaders of US Soccer. I found it to be an honest and unbiased look at what has made Major League Soccer a most unique sporting league: Single Entity. The only criticisms were that it was a bit limited with source material and it spent a little too much time on league results - particularly for someone who was an avid follower of the league since it's inception. That being said it was a joy to read something about MLS that was not written for the non-fan.
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For newcomers to the league, this book might be an interesting read that roughly summarizes the history of the 14-year old soccer league. But for fans of MLS, there are no real insights to be found here. As any fan knows all too well, there isn't a whole lot of compelling material in the short history of the league, and the book seemed padded out with long block quotes and uninteresting summaries of each MLS season. Much of these summaries seemed very similar to Dave Litterer's excellent US soccer history web page: [...]

I am a fan of the league, and of sports non-fiction, but this book did not impress too much. It had all the information I expected, but fell short of being a good read. For casual US soccer fans wondering about MLS, I be much more likely to recommend Grant Wahl's "Beckham Experiment", which gives you all the background on MLS you really need, plus offers great insight into how the league operates, and includes profiles of Landon Donovan, Alexi Lalas, Ruud Gullit, Bruce Arena, and many every-day players from the 2007/8 Galaxy team.
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It was a very good coverage of the starting history of Major League Soccer. Having been a fan of the league from day one, it was nice to look back and remember things and maybe find out some new information. I think it's a good mix of stats and how things worked and good back ground info on things going on. If you are a MLS fan or a soccer fan in general, you should buy this book.
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I started watching MLS the last couple of seasons, and knew next to nothing about the league's beginning. That is understandable because compared to other professional leagues in the USA, there isn't much professional, extensive literature on the subject. This book fills that void in great detail. This isn't as much a business book as it is a very straight-forward account of the the leagues history, which I was very happy about. Highly recommended.
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This is a very well-written and highly readable history of MLS. It covers all the important portions of the timeline, from the founding of the league through the players union lawsuit and the introduction of high-priced talent (yes, Beckham) into the league. From a business standpoint, you'll understand more about the unique structure of the league (the single-entity system) and from a sports standpoint, you'll get a great recap of the play on the field. One minor quibble: there could be more about supporter groups and the conflict between MLS' courting of the "family" market and the nature of supporter groups; this is covered, but this topic is important because it reflects on the changing marketing strategies for the league.

Beau is a great chronicler of soccer in the United States and his work on Twitter (@duresport,) on his website sportsmyriad.com, and on ESPNW is worth following. I await the (inevitable?) follow-up on the history of women's pro soccer leagues in the USA.
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