Here in America, we do not understand or comprehend the game of soccer, or as the rest of the world calls it, football. Our football, which is only popular here, is the number one sport in terms of ratings and money, with baseball… not even a close second.
In America, soccer has been working on becoming more popular but the fact of the matter remains- unless they allow full blown tackling and use of the hands, and can pause the game for commercials, soccer will never be big here. Which sucks, because I’m not a huge soccer fan by any stretch, but it is one hell of a game.
First off, it requires the most well-conditioned athletes compared to any other game. You ever find it funny that America’s “national pastime” is baseball and the world’s game is soccer? There can not be a lazier game than baseball. The majority of the game is standing around. While in soccer, even the goalkeepers are running for some reason or another.
With the World Cup coming up in a few months we are going to start hearing from all those soccer haters like they are pros on the sport. “It’s so boring… the score is always 1-0… I hate Mexicans.” These are the attitudes that soccer needs to get out of people’s heads in order to become a success in this country.
The first thing the US has to do is come up with some kick-ass chant. If you ever catch a game, the crowds in other countries have several athletes, songs, and chants, that EVERYONE knows the words to and they continue to sing and jump around and rally behind their clubs. In America, unless it’s “LETS GO YANKEES” we’ve got nothing.
With soccer, they need to start making it personal. Which is why, I say we should play North Korea in soccer and tell Americans that if we lose this game, North Korea gets 2 nuclear missiles. I guarantee, that people would watch that game and be pleasantly surprised how interested they are in the game and be quite happy it ended 1 nil the States.