Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sorry soccer, you are a "Once every 4 years" sport in America

So the English team wet the bed today allowing the USA to finish with an exciting 1-1 tie in the World Cup today.

Wow. I don't think that's going to whip America into a soccer frenzy.

Look, I know the World Cup is cool. My family lived in Europe in 1982 and I went to a school full of kids from different countries. And during the World Cup it was remarkably exciting and the energy was infectiousness.

And Americans enjoy the World Cup every 4 years the same way they like skiing and track every 4 years.

Now there will always be people writing articles about why Americans haven't embraced soccer like other countries. But knock it off. It's simple.

The best players don't play in America. They play elsewhere. And there is no way the MLS can outbid AC Milan, Manchester United, Real Madrid et al for the best players. So only second rate players will be playing in America... and it will be a minor league except for every 4 years when Soccer begs America to watch it.

Americans will watch competitive hot dog eating if they know they are the best hot dog eaters. And the BEST ONES come to America.

I covered all of this before
but in the name of Freddy Adu... soccer... be happy with the rest of the world! It's a HELL of a consolation prize.

Now let's get back to the 0-0 ties.

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  1. I am a soccer fan and love the World Cup. Your points are correct, Sully. The haters always come out because they feel so threatened. But soccer will only have a small niche in the US because the other major sports are so ingrained in the American psyche.

  2. I am not a soccer hater... I am just realistic
    The product that is seen in America on non World Cup years is a minor league product and will have the same devotion of fans that the Lansing Lugnuts, the Brevard County Manatees and Savannah Sand Gnats will get. A small passionate but minor league following