"Soccer can be a business in Michigan -- not just a sport, not just a hobby. The numbers aren't a fad. We'll continue to grow."
-- Dan Duggan, chairman and CEO of the PDL Michigan Bucks, on the popularity of soccer in Michigan, despite the absence of an MLS team and the state's economic crisis. Michigan ranks in the top 10 among all states in high school boys and girls participation, and the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association has more than 86,000 registered players (Detroit Free Press).