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wow, your posts (and a few others in here) are like an endless fountain of pure ignorance. Not one thing you have stated is remotely true.
It's cool if you don't like soccer, but you obviously have no clue about what it takes to play the sport. In particular you are completely wrong about your assertion that "Elite athletes can play soccer." See if you can find footage of Chad Ochocinco trying out for Sporting KC. He went up against a bunch of teenage developmental players and was ATROCIOUS. But I have seen other examples of "elite athletes" from other sports trying to cut it on the pitch and they have all been embarrassed pretty roundly.
Incidentally, my order of faves:
1) College football
3) Professional/International Soccer
4) Tennessee basketball
21) NCAA Basketball
or something like that.
I didn't want to go through all 7 pages of posts, but I'll say I LOVE soccer and so do most of the people I know. I get though that people who haven't ever played it may not enjoy it. I think baseball is awful but I have never played. That being said, I challenge people to find a popular soccer bar during a US world cup match and not enjoy yourself! The atmosphere is intoxicating! The argument about soccer players not being world class athletes is just flat out stupid. Especially when you put baseball players in that category. REALLY??? Here is Stephen Colbert on America and soccer..
Normally, Stephen wouldnt think twice about soccer, but that was before the U.S. was good at it.
Chad Johnson also raced a horse and challenged Michael phelps. He does things for publicity. He wasn't trying to make a pro team nor was he taking it that serious. So, check the ignorance meter at the front door. I said "elite". I didn't say loud mouth players toward the end of their career. Bad example.
Furthermore, you chose to reply to that particular post that I said. I also clarified myself. Nobody is bashing your soccer boys. No need to defend them so hardcore. Sorry if your opinion differs from mine. Should I state you're ignorant now?
This post was edited by TreBonez 9 months ago
Who said they weren't world class athletes?
I lived in Germany and enjoyed going to a soccer game. I do not like watching on tv, best way is to record it and fast forward until someone scores and then go back a minute or two. That way I never have to watch a 0-0 game. Hate all the flops, teams going up one and then playing all packed in defense. I have been following the mens USNT and love the way our coach has them play. I use to hate watching the old USA teams play long ball all day and then play not to lose.
I've sat quietly for a while on this, but the absolute scientific fact is that soccer is awesome.
Don't question me. It's science.
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I can't figure out why so many complain about the lack of action in soccer but are diehard fans of baseball. Makes zero sense.
This post was edited by wataugavol 9 months ago
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Fair point. And I've never really had an explanation for that. I'm sure it's partly because of Americans' romanticism toward baseball and relative lack of interest in soccer compared to baseball.
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Hit it on the head more than likely.
I never liked soccer until I started watched European soccer. Whole different game than watching MLS.
I can watch any soccer game, but the only games I really enjoy is USA vs. anybody. I become a huge fan at that point.
Not a Fan JMO
I didn't care for soccer at all until the WC back in 2010. I think anyone that watched the match against Algeria had to come away with a new respect for a game that, outside of the United States, is by far the most popular sport in the world. Surely, there has to be some reason that the Champions League final is more watched than the Super Bowl.
Some of the posts in regards to soccer on this thread irk me. It's like the time I took my little boy to get a soccer ball from Toys 'R Us and another guy in the aisle with his son who had picked up a soccer ball said to him, "Put that soccer ball down, boy, you ain't no queer." Stupid.
But there are probably several reasons why soccer is not as popular as other sports in the United States:
1) It's not an American sport. Think about it. The 3 most popular sports in this country: American football, baseball, and basketball, were invented here. That's just a part of the history of this country. We love all things American.
2) The sport can end in a tie. Face it, we're used to sports that HAVE to have a winner and a loser, and when there is the possibility of no defined winner or loser, it sort of takes away that competitive spirit to it. We like to talk smack and say my team BEAT your team.
3) The diving or "flopping". No one likes it, and it's an embarassment to all sports. But it's not just limited to soccer, but of course, some people choose to ignore that.
4) It's not a very violent sport. Physical, absolutely. Violent, no. Of course you don't see helmet-jarring tackles in basketball or baseball, but anytime someone brings up soccer there's always those few who start trying to compare soccer to football. It's a rather simplistic, and completely irrelevant argument, though.
BUT, on the bright side, soccer is growing in this country. Why?
1) Changing demographics. No need to expand on this since some posters always feel the need to interject their personal political opionions as if we all somehow care.
2) Media. 5 years ago you might have caught 1 soccer game on a national network. Now, you can catch matches on Fox, NBC Sports, ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox Soccer, GolTV, BeINSport. Hell, if you really want a fix, and you're ok with not understanding a single word, watch the Sunday LigaMX games on Univision. For the EPL fans, remember when all of the last day matches played simulataneously on 10 channels at the end of the 2011-2012 season? Amazing.
3) A rapidly improving USMNT (US Men's National Team). They have always been good, but could never really get over that hump, and always playing second fiddle to Mexico. The women have always been a force, but let's be honest women will never command the attention and fanfare of the men. (Abby Wambach's header against Brazil has to be one of the greatest plays in all of US sports history. Youtube it.) So the better the men can perform in Brazil next summer, the better it'll be for the sport here in the States.
4) An improving MLS. Granted, major stars don't play here in their prime, they still carry the name recognition with them. And if MLS can continue to lure some of those older international stars it could get more fans into the stadiums. Just don't let it become a duopoly of NY Red Bulls and LA Galaxy getting those player.
Anyways, this is just my two cents. My adivce for anyone who thinks that don't like soccer- rent it on PS3 or XBox- learn the tactics, strategy, the players, the clubs, etc. That's what I did after WC 2010, I bought the game, and I've been a fan ever since. I've even managed to find an Arsenal fan club here in Charlotte to go and watch matches with.
This post was edited by JCJ1986 9 months ago
That's right suckers. You feel that? That's the heaving face-slap of fact.
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
Soccer is so fun to play and so hard. I can watch baseball during the World Cup and stuff, but don't really watch it otherwise.
I'm ready to see how the MLS is going to be without the salary cap. Hopefully the man city guys that bought the league will do big things with it.
I like soccer, but you could put every guy from the "Big 3" Premier League teams (ManU, Man City, Chelsea) in MLS and I still wouldn't watch. Just can't get into it.
What if basketball had a goal the size of an above-ground pool and there was a huge guy allowed to stand in front of it and swat away every shot? Who wants to watch a dribbling exhibition?
MLS isn't ready for that just yet. It's about protecting the teams, and the league for that matter. The salary cap ensures a level playing field and that all teams have an opportunity to remain financially viable and competitive. Imagine an NFL where the same two teams faced off in the Super Bowl every year. Look at La Liga, every season it's a two way race between Real Madrid and Barcelona with nearly every other team on the verge of bankruptcy and having to lose their best players to either RM or Barca or another country.
Man City ownership (along with Chelsea, PSG, Monaco, and pretty much all of the Russian Premier League teams) is ruining soccer. MC is basically being funded by the Qatari government's oil money.
Excellent post JC.
I have been a football guy my whole life. God blessed me with two girls and they chose soccer so I had to become a fan. As a proud father, I chose to learn the sport so I could better prepare my girls. I became a referee and coach of soccer. It is a great sport.
The biggest problem with the sport and, I believe, the #1 reason why soccer doesn't grow in the US is the amount of flopping that goes on. It sucks! I enjoy watching soccer until all of the theatrics start. Here's my theory:
Most Americans love to see a guy suck it up and tough it out. Examples: Willis Reed, Kirk Gibson, Curt Schilling (bloody sock), Al Wilson playing hurt. It disgusts me and I presume other men to watch a guy get hit on the ankle and act as if he's been shot. They roll around on the ground and scream and cry. Then, when they show the replay, the guy never got touched. That ruins it for me. I hate that! That's what makes soccer a "punk" sport. I would love to watch a game without seeing players rolling around faking injury. Soccer officials have got to stop rewarding that kind of behavior, especially in the box. Until they do, most Americans will not sit down and watch a bunch of "kitty cats" a.k.a. Mexican National Team, faking injuries. I know I won't.
Having said that, I will say that if you watch a youth league game in the US, you will see very little flopping. Then it becomes fun to watch. Soccer is a great sport and deserves a bigger stage in the US.
that is real sports science right there..............
There is as much flopping in the NBA as there is in soccer lol.
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Get you some of that, Wes!
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