Major League Soccer starts their 19th season tomorrow, and for the first time in the leagues history they find themselves tied in popularity with Major League Baseball among kids 12-to 17-years-old.
An ESPN poll known as the "Luker on Trends" showed the following in the most recent poll from 2013.
"For the first time, Major League Soccer has caught up with Major League Baseball in a significant marker of popularity. Both leagues can claim 18 percent of 12-to-17-year-olds as avid fans of their sport, a poll said."
These numbers are huge for MLS and should frighten MLB officials as MLB has been around for over 100 years and MLS is only 19 years old. This news follows a 2012 study that showed soccer was the second-most popular popular sport among Americans aged 12-24.
Is the MLS on the cusp of truly becoming a "big-time" league in America? From recent studies it certainly seems like the younger generation will make it one.
To read the entire study and to see more poll results CLICK HERE.