By Justin Monroe (@40yardsplash)

This weekend, Major League Soccer teams kick off the 2011 MLS season and, whether you're a devoted supporter of an MLS team, a soccer enthusiast, or think that a penalty kick is a guy taking one in the nuts on America's Funniest Home Videos, you should be watching. With international superstars poised to have jaw-dropping, highlight-filled years, exciting young Americans primed to break out, and nasty new rivalries, the league's 16th season is going to be its best yet. Not convinced? Keep reading for 5 Reasons to Get Excited About the 2011 MLS Season.

(Reason #6: Your March Madness bracket is already busted. Don't rub salt in the wounds.)