Soccer: Will it ever succeed in America?
Every other year as we watch the World Cup play out on TV, we seem to think soccer will become more popular in America. On Sunday, we watched the United States defeat Japan to capture our first women's World Cup since 1999. The ratings were phenomenal, the best ever for the sport actually. But the fact is, soccer is a blip on the sports radar screen for three weeks every other summer.
Major League Soccer (MLS) will never be what the many UEFA Championship Leagues are like in Europe. We simply can't get them to play here because the money and fame won't be the same.
The three major sports in the U.S. already overlap as it is. Soccer lasts nearly 10 months, so if you thought baseball has a long season, try following soccer.
I will watch the sport when there is nothing else on because I respect the athletes and what they are able to do. The fact is, however, I can't watch a soccer ball get rolled around for 10 months out of the year when I can be watching a football get passed around for five months out of the year.
All the soccer analysts say this blip on the sports radar screen mentality must change for Americans. I disagree. Soccer is the one sport where I don't have a favorite team. The one team I cheer for is the United States during the World Cup. Then I can go back to what really matters, American football.