Miles and Comrade, after the USMNT got to the final 8 in 2002 there was TONS of talk on how soccer was now going to take over America!
Back then I found a quote from the 1950s, yes the 1950s, that said soccer was finally here and will now be a major sport in America!
Remember when Pele came in the 1970s to the New York Cosmos people said soccer would now become HUGE! LOL, the Cosmos folded! In 2006 when Beckham came he got a ton of national attention league soccer never gets here and a pro soccer nut actually said now with Beckham MLS will be bigger than the NFL!!
The delusions about the soccer explosion in America have been going on for decades and decades but it will NEVER happen. Comrade sorry but soccer IS slow...WAY too slow! For anyone who grew up in America we actually like our athletes to MOVE! So many times in soccer they just kick the ball back and forth and nothing happens!
I think you are glossing over the fact that since the 1950s, soccer has come a LONG way in this country. If you listen to Men in Blazers, they have a tagline that soccer has been America's sport of the future since 1972. It's funny, because that's what people have been saying all along. But it's finally starting to turn here, I really feel that.
Yeah, in '02, US Soccer paraded Landon around as the face of the sport that was about to blow up. Then '06 came along, huge disappointment. Then 2010, now 2014. But in the last 12 years, the EPL has caught on here. MLS attendance is growing. People are coming for the World Cups and then staying for other leagues. It's a process. For you to say that soccer will never be huge here is just as crazy as someone saying in 1950 that it will be.
Baseball is regressing from the national sports spotlight a bit. Football has the head injury stuff which will only manifest itself in the years and decades to come (when the current generation of children grow up playing something else). People will look in other areas, and soccer most definitely could be that area.
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