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Lionel Messi of Inter Miami CF in DallasWhen tickets went on sale two weeks before FC Dallas played Inter Miami at the Cotton Bowl, social media was full of skeptics.Pay $40 for parking just to see Messi play for five minutes? No thanks.Skip Obsiye asked his friends about going, but none wanted to join, so four days before the match, he bought one ticket.On Monday morning, the day of the match, rain came down in buckets. Temperatures hovered around 40 degrees. Tom Leatherbury’s wife looked out the window and asked, “You’re really going?”American soccer fans are well acquainted with the uphill battle they face to grow the game around the nation. Despite being the most popular sport in the world, soccer doesn’t even get a spot on the team sports podium in…

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