Soccer: Will it ever succeed in America?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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.

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  • Every other year as we watch the World Cup play out on TV, some dopey writer from some backwater publication comes out from under a rock to tell us soccer will never succeed. Then, when they go back under their rock, soccer just keeps on succeeding.

    So, Carroll County News (LOL), why don't you review the intelligence level of your contributing writers. Or maybe they are spot on for the intelligence level of your readers. I dunno. But I can do Ty's job for him by saying this game outdrew the NBA finals and the "World" Series. MLS is thriving and expanding and its attendance is soaring. Ty, you are a river in Egypt. Da Nile.

    -- Posted by KrafownzRevs on Wed, Jul 8, 2015, at 8:04 AM
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