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Major League Soccer will end relationship with Boy Scouts

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Chicago Fire's Gonzalo Segares

Major League Soccer announced Friday it will end its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of this season. The two groups announced a partnership on Jan. 12 of this year. The statement by Major League Soccer was just one sentence:

Major League Soccer’s agreement with the Boy Scouts of America expires at the end of the 2012 season and MLS does not intend the renew the agreement for a variety of business reasons.

It's tough to say if this has anything to do with the Boy Scouts' affirmation of its anti-gay policy. The organization had the policy when MLS entered into the agreement, and they simply affirmed it this week. If the termination of the relationship was because of the BSA's anti-gay policy, I wonder why MLS has suddenly decided to pay attention to it.

Various MLS teams have reached out to the gay community, even partnering with gay-rights groups.

PHOTO: Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares inbounds the ball against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Carpenean-US PRESSWIRE