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We were in Germany in 2006 when the US played Italy to earn a draw (1-1.) We’re not really sports-buffs in general (let alone soccer,) so getting in the World Cup spirit was hard for us at first.
Still, in the spirit of our German hosts, we decided to jump into it feet-first, and used the US v. Italy game as our introduction to soccer. It was a fun day that helped us understand why soccer is the number one sport in the world. (That’s not my opinion, that’s fact … More people in more countries play soccer and watch soccer than any other sport.)
Since then, we’re now bandwagon soccer fans. (This means we only watch the “important” games … just like women only care about the SuperBowl in the NFL.) I know … It’s embarrassing to admit that we’re still ignorant about most aspects of the game. But, at least, we’re more accepting and willing to welcome the sport than we had ever been before. That’s a start. The fact is that most Americans still don’t understand the impact of the US’ failure to truly accept soccer.
The “World” Series of Baseball only includes teams from North America.
The AFL-NFL “World” Championship game (a.k.a. the SuperBowl,) is played by teams who have only played other teams in the United States.
Not very “worldly,” is it? So, while a diehard NFL or MLB fan may have justifiable reasons for shunning soccer, they can at least admit that doing so doesn’t help our international footing (pun intended.)
Read this: http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/what-are-the-four-types-of-american-soccer-fans/9410
I’m not proposing that we all mandatorily begin supporting soccer. If you don’t like it, you don’t like it … There’s not much I can do about that. But, I do say that if you haven’t before, now would be a good time to learn more about it.
And, what better time than during the WORLD CUP … when teams (that actually represent nations in the “World”) come together in a contest that is just as much about national posturing as it is a simple sport.
That’s what I’m doing today … I went out and bought a USA men’s team jersey, which set me back $70, and I tweeted all of my international Facebook friends with a pic of me wearing it.
Then, I just sat back and let them all take pot shots at me for supporting a team that is widely know to not do so well in the sport. That’s the fun part for me … supporting the US Soccer Team in the off chance that one day, they’ll actually WIN THE BIG ONE. (Who doesn’t like to root for an underdog?)