Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Rise of American Soccer in the United States
See, I've never been an avid soccer fan. I played the sport as a child and I watched my dad play in a local adult league as a kid. But as I got older, the more "American" sports grabbed my interest. I love basketball and I love football and I follow those sports closely. I usually know what's going on when conversation starts up about those 2 sports. But soccer? Not so much... BUT!!! I've always loved the World Cup competition. I've been watching that for quite some time and I love the competition between countries. The world loves soccer, but America loves competition. So when the Americans are the severe underdogs in the sport, the country seems to tune them out. But you know what... That hasn't been the case these past couple of years. The MLS (Major League Soccer) is growing stronger, the American national team is showing improvement, and there is more soccer being shown on American television. The sport is finally getting some American attention.
I'm more inclined to cheer for the American team while the rest of the family will be cheering for the Mexican team. My mother in law was already sporting her Mexican team jersey this morning. She's ready to go and excited to watch the game. Me? No jersey. I'm not at that fan level just yet. But if the Americans do go on and win this tournament, what will it do for soccer as an American pastime? The soccer team is no longer a pushover and has been favored in many matches. America likes a winner and the American national soccer team is winning. Right now, many sports fans will only acknowledge 4 major sports leagues. The NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB. Will MLS finally break though the ranks of a "novelty league" and reach the big boys as well respected league? Probably not, at least... not just yet, but as for the rest of the Americas, the Americans are now becoming a formidable foe. Later!