The television ratings are saying that Americans are watching soccer, finally. No doubt there appears to be more interest this time around for the World Cup circus. I think it is safe to say, that it’s only because the USA is taking on the global community that draws viewers to sit down and watch this sporting spectacle. As soon as USA exits this tournament, then so goes the majority of the viewers.
We are intrigued by the fact that we can finally compete on the soccer world stage. Once, the joke of the tournament, we have become formable opponents that can win a few matches. Lets face it, if thirty years of youth soccer leagues hasn’t paid off by now then we would be a sad bunch of athletes.
I am in the strong opinion that America’s best athletes are not playing the sport unlike other countries.
If American soccer got more than a smidgen of athletic pool than it could advance even further. Meanwhile, soccer will have to compete with the other four major professional sports for athletes, facilities and fans. The MLS in the States even gets outdrawn in attendance by NASCAR and Professional Wrestling.
Soccer will always be ranked down below the other professional sports by the average guy or gal on the street that do not feel that it offers the same nuances as other sports. Such nuances being: (1) Smaller statured athletes that trying to avoid contact. (2) Can’t use your hands and arms for much, except for throwing the ball inbounds. (3) Low scoring (4) Embellished injuries (5) not enough breaks to get a hot dog (6) one constant TV angle
I want the sport to grow because of the World Cup. I don’t think we should ever lose to smaller country with our firepower. I want the sport to grow because smaller athletes still need a place to perform and possibly earn a paycheck. Lastly, I want the sport to grow because other sports are getting pricy and some good competition will help spread out the economics of professional sports.
Seriously, I enjoy watching this tournament based on the tenacity shown by everybody from the players and the fans and the press. Stars are born and some others will be deflated, but a good team with well-oiled ball control is a beautiful thing.