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Re: “Why Does America Hate Soccer

It's almost sad now, rather than funny, how many article are STILL being written about Soccer by "journalists" uninformed about the sport. Please inform yourself before writing another article about Soccer. You probably don't care enough to even read these posts. Well here's my 2 1/2 cents: 1. Soccer HAS been picked up by major TV carriers, paying millions of dollars for the oportunity, because Soccer hits a huge demographic, in the richest country in the world, that enjoys throwing money at anything they can. companies with things to sell are learning that the USA is not comprised totaly of 30'ish white men interested beer, fast food, and rogain. 2. Americans suck at one aspect of soccer... supporting the home team. We are actually pretty good at soccer. Freddy Adu, not an MLS standout, was sold to Benfica for $2 mill, which many believe is a steal. If you don't trust a thing that I say, then trust this: recently Benfica sold Simao Sabrosa to Atletico Madrid for $27 mill. Benfica knows talent. They count on buying undervalued players from small(er) leagues and selling them to clubs from larger (richer) leagues for a profit. They spent money on Adu because they believe he can play and will play better. Adu is only the most recent example of the American players growing value in Europe. OK, so US players don't suck and... 3. Our league does not suck. More than ever before MLS teams are playing, and doing well in, international friendlies. Yes our All-Star team is undefeated in 5 games against some of the biggest clubs in the world. Yes, even Real Salt Lake, a perrenial league basement dweller, can pull out wins agains teams from over seas. Now, these visiting teams are in pre-season form and composed of some players that wouldn't normally play, but when the shoe is on the other foot and a pre-season Houston Dynamo looses a thrilling Copa Libertadores round to in season Pachuca the footballing world sees proof positive MLS sucks. Well look who's sucking now. I'm going to cut this off after these final thoughts. Millions and millions of people watch football, futbol, and footsy-ball every weak, millions play the sport each year. Yet everyone still knows that we suck at soccer and nobody cares about it. Why? Because some sports analyst heard it from his budy in England and said it on TV!? If have a conversation with a US soccer supporter, then please have a reason for why you disslike, or even don't care about, US soccer. "Because I've never watched an entire game." "That's too bad," I'd say, "but understandable." "Because I don't understand the rules and have never played." "OK. Give me a call if you ever want to try it." "Because I think it's booring." "Well, I dissagree, but then I think American Football is booring to watch, so that's just fine." "Because I we're America and we suck at it." "Oh boy. Here we go again..."

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Posted by sam on 08/02/2007 at 3:51 AM

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