The US Men's National Soccer Team just pulled off one of the biggest upsets in not only US history but international soccer history. It was an inspiring display of defense and opportunistic striking that should make every American proud. But will it? Can this performance finally turn the American public into a soccer following nation or will it continue to be a sport only followed by a small segment of the population? It remains to be seen. I, for one small person in Iowa, dearly hope the nation becomes a bigger supporter of this team.
What I don't understand is how anyone can think this sport is boring. If you can sit down and watch a baseball game, then you sure as hell can sit down and watch 11 American's play for their country in a soccer game. If you can sit down and watch a regular season NBA game, then you sure as hell can sit down and watch an international soccer game. The game of soccer is played with a pace not seen in baseball, and a passion not seen in the NBA. And yet, people watch both but not soccer. Why? Because they know who's playing for the Reds or the Nuggets, but not for the US men's soccer team. So it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. But sit down and watch the American's on Sunday and learn about the team. Find out who these players are and your interest will be piqued. I'm not attempting to have people watch MLS, yet. The league has a ways to go. But international soccer is different, it's not only about pride and country, but it features the best our country can offer. And it's pretty damn good.
So now what? Now plan on tuning in sunday to see our country represented, matter of fact, plan on watching them this fall when they travel to Mexico. The more you watch, the more you will enjoy.