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  1. Questions arise about the growth of foreign ownership in US soccer

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    The recent events regarding Frank Lampard have brought the question of foreign ownership in the U.S. professional soccer leagues back into the spotlight. The Lampard saga has highlighted a growing trend of investment from foreign owners into the United States professional game.

    New York City FC (NYCFC) is the most extreme and perhaps dangerous example yet of foreign ownership in American professional soccer. Chivas USA, an ill-conceived project that never made much sense even in the abstract, soured many fans in the US on partnerships and foreign ownership. Chivas USA was structured unlike NYCFC initially, simply serving as a “franchise” of…

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