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Is Soccer Still Anemic In The United States?

Posted on: June 26, 2010 11:39 pm
 
Yes. 
This from Grahame L. Jones in the LA Times:     "...Americans have come this way before. Until the day when the World Cup is actually won by a U.S. team — and that day will come — defeat is the reality that ends the tournament.

It has to be faced with as brave a face as possible, and on Saturday night it was.

"It's disappointing, it's hard, it hurts," said goalkeeper Tim Howard, echoing similar sentiments from all the U.S. players. Some walked tight-lipped through the postgame mixed zone, choosing not to stop. Others had only a few words.

For Ghana, it was a different story. By winning, the Black Stars became only the third African team to reach the quarterfinals of a World Cup.
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp
-world-cup-jones-20100627,0,2598415.column

Arena Soccer has a niche market in this country and is quite fun.  Like a slow Ice Hockey.  But other wise...

Ding Dong! Soccer is dead. Which old Witch? The Soccer Witch!
Ding Dong! The Soccer Witch is dead.
Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Soccer Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go,
Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Soccer Witch is dead!



(My apologies to the Munchkins.)
Wink
Comments

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Is Soccer Still Anemic In The United States?

Soccer (football to Uk readers) is quite tribalistic. The teams and league is still in its infancy atm and is growing. The teams still don't have that 'tribal' following that the game does have in Europe, or like the NFL, NHL and MLB teams have got from the communities and cities in and around North America. As a Liverpool FC fan we have an affinity to the club, the players and believe MLS teams need to nurture those feelings. The influx of David Beckham and Thierry Henry et al will only help improve the way clubs actually interact with their fans.

If in 10 years MLS have a strong and productive league as well as strong national team you will see the game compete with people's affections such as the NFL and MLB does now.

LEts hope that the MLS executives actually set the league to run like it does in Europe with promotion and relegatiion and link ups with MLS teams with High School/ College teams and teams from other countries to help grow the game and attract more teams in more states/ cities





Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Is Soccer Still Anemic In The United States?

Soccer (football to Uk readers) is quite tribalistic. The teams and league is still in its infancy atm and is growing. The teams still don't have that 'tribal' following that the game does have in Europe, or like the NFL, NHL and MLB teams have got from the communities and cities in and around North America. As a Liverpool FC fan we have an affinity to the club, the players and believe MLS teams need to nurture those feelings. The influx of David Beckham and Thierry Henry et al will only help improve the way clubs actually interact with their fans.

If in 10 years MLS have a strong and productive league as well as strong national team you will see the game compete with people's affections such as the NFL and MLB does now.

LEts hope that the MLS executives actually set the league to run like it does in Europe with promotion and relegatiion and link ups with MLS teams with High School/ College teams and teams from other countries to help grow the game and attract more teams in more states/ cities



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2010 11:40 am
 

Is Soccer Still Anemic In The United States?

Interesting topic.  IMO soccer will never live up to the hype of football, baseball or basketball because it's not apart of our history's uniqueness.

How's that?  I've discussed this with many sports and history buffs.  Soccer has entrenched itself into the hearts and minds of people in countries who ae poor, pre-industrialized, or not he culture of heroism that the US has.

Mainly today poorer countries (those 2nd and 3rd world economies) haven't the jobs or resources to keep much of it's people occupied.  They turn to something to pass the time.  A ball is a very easy thing to find or make.  In the quick rise of the US from agrarian to industrial society to post-industrial, it had far more resources to work with.  It had balls-a-plenty.  It had sticks-a-plenty.  It had cotton-a-plenty (and the industrious women to sew as well).  Hence, Baseball.  Rugby too had been part of the the US university life and, while it wasn't popular as baseball, because access was limited by education it soon morphed into something distictively "American" in the 20th century as the US began to value "toughness" as a virtue.  We can all thank our glory stared farm boys and ou country's war-like nature historically for that influence. 

Fast forward to the years after WWI to present and this becomes even more evident.  Baseball gains extreme popularity, football becomes more popular and several competing leagues flourish, and basketball is created.  All sports are more fast-paced than soccer and the American people have the resources to pursue them.  Then Black Friday; the stockmarket crash.  Pretty much everything cam eot a halt because American suddnly couldn't afford it's favorite pasttimes.  Baseball attendance took a huge dive.  Football almost became extinct and many of the leagues closed for good or mergd with the NFL.  Basketball, faster-paced than soccer still, was the most like it in that you needed a ball and a raised basket (fruit baskets were easily found then) persisted among the poor masses.

WWII lifted the US from it's economic doldrums and along with Hollywood re-glorifed war with John Wayne leading the way in 2 hour snatches of glorified fantasy.  Therefore, the American male became  programmed by society for high drama from minute to minute.  Success, small and large, had to become quickly attainable.  Soccer, on the otherhand, takes an eternity to see the result of a well orchestrated play. 

More recently, modern-life has sealed soccer's fate in the US due to lower attention spans, we may not ever see soccer become more popular so much so that even the recent serious economic down-turn hasn;t tarnished either sport nearly as bad the great Depression did.  That's pretty telling.



Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: June 26, 2010 11:58 pm
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Since: Mar 31, 2010
Posted on: June 26, 2010 11:41 pm
 

Is Soccer Still Anemic In The United States?

Wow!  Soccer could be better but Americans are conditioned to more tension in their sports and after hours pursuits.


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