As stated earlier in this article, every MLS fan has the aspiration of propelling the league to the forefront of a crowded American sports market.
Although it is a process, be thankful it is a process that is steadily progressing.
MLS has only been in existence for 17 years. Although it is a mere infant when compared to Major League Baseball (founded 1869) and the NFL (founded 1920), it continues to show moderate growth year after year.
In 2011, MLS (17,872) narrowly surpassed the NBA (17,323) and NHL (17,132) as the third most-attended league in America.
As for 2012, MLS set a new attendance record, averaging 18,807 attendees per match. It is now the seventh-most attended soccer league on the planet—ahead of Ligue 1 (France) and Eredivisie (Netherlands).
However skewed or misrepresented those numbers are perceived to be, the fact remains that 18,807 people attended an MLS match on average.
Considering MLS is unjustifiably labeled as nothing more than a second-tier league, those are impressive numbers.
In years past, the occasional match could be seen on ESPN and FOX Soccer, but the three-year media rights agreement between MLS and NBCSports increased the league's visibility.
That agreement, coupled with NBCSports’ monumental decision to purchase the rights to the Barclay’s Premier League, will only allow the league's visibility to increase even further.
While it does not carry the glaring television ratings of the NFL, the 2012 MLS season saw a 12 percent increase in viewership on ESPN.
When compared to Fox Soccer's coverage of MLS in 2011, NBCSports increased MLS' viewership by 78 percent in its first contractual year.
It will not happen overnight, for not even Rome (or in this case, the NFL) was built in a day.
Be thankful that you are about to be a part of something great and that your loyalty was present since the beginning.