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  • one way to improve U.S. soccer's popularity

    http://www.cbssports.com/columns/story/11928047


    which led to this reaction ("MLS =more liquor served"):

    http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/blog.php?b=5937

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    Re: one way to improve U.S. soccer's popularity

    Originally posted by gh
    http://www.cbssports.com/columns/story/11928047


    which led to this reaction ("MLS =more liquor served"):

    http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/blog.php?b=5937
    Unfortunately Soccer will never reach the popularity of the other sports in this country.

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    • #3
      Here's the cold hard honest truth: even I, a dyed-in-the-wool USA soccer aficionado, can't bear to watch an entire MLS game. It's just not that interesting. I'll watch any time the the US national teams are playing (M or W), and I'll watch big int'l matches, but most MLS games are 'watching-paint-dry' boring. There - I said it! :shock:

      edit - just watched the USA-Honduras match, and even though it's not the USA's first-string players, it was a very entertaining match!

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      • #4
        Logan makes a valid observation IMO. It is scary to attend soccer matches -- especially in Latin America. The fans are animals! I don't know what it's like in Europe. But I don't think that big league soccer anywhere is anything like father and son attending a Major League Baseball game. And I'm sure Bob Costas would say this is what makes our country the best in the history of the world.

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        • #5
          another blogger weighs in

          http://www.24thminute.com/2009/07/forme ... irony.html

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BillVol
            It is scary to attend soccer matches -- especially in Latin America. The fans are animals! I don't know what it's like in Europe."
            Plenty of it in Europe, too. Some places worse than other. Racial slurs and provocations, frequent fights between groups of "fans". Some matches are considered a disaster waiting to happen in advance, there is a police force in riot gear all over the place.
            "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
            by Thomas Henry Huxley

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pego
              Originally posted by BillVol
              It is scary to attend soccer matches -- especially in Latin America. The fans are animals! I don't know what it's like in Europe."
              Plenty of it in Europe, too. Some places worse than other. Racial slurs and provocations, frequent fights between groups of "fans". Some matches are considered a disaster waiting to happen in advance, there is a police force in riot gear all over the place.
              Agreed Pego and the people I really feel sorry for are the officials if they make a call that goes against the home team they must be escorted off the field by the police and all the way to the parking lots.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dal4018
                Originally posted by Pego
                Originally posted by BillVol
                It is scary to attend soccer matches -- especially in Latin America. The fans are animals! I don't know what it's like in Europe."
                Plenty of it in Europe, too. Some places worse than other. Racial slurs and provocations, frequent fights between groups of "fans". Some matches are considered a disaster waiting to happen in advance, there is a police force in riot gear all over the place.
                Agreed Pego and the people I really feel sorry for are the officials if they make a call that goes against the home team they must be escorted off the field by the police and all the way to the parking lots.
                What about all the way to the train and if it's close, all the way home ?

                It is not entirely confined to soccer. I was officiating a basketball game in Snina, Slovakia (all the way on the Ukrainian border) in the winter of 1964. It was the third division game, the winner would advance to the second division. The home team was totally outclassed and lost by 40-50. Of course, the refs were the cause. Both of us were chased through two feet of snow to the railroad station, about 2 km's away. They gave up halfway. We did not feel save until the train got going 8-) .
                "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                by Thomas Henry Huxley

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