- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 29, 2009
- 6 Comments
- Soccer Fans
We’ve seen a big jump in soccer talk in mainstream sports media over the last few days. Big reason is not just the results on the field by the US over world powers like Spain and the toe-to-toe final against Brazil but it is due to the average sports guy/gal gaining more respect for soccer as a whole. More sports talk radio guys are talking US soccer instead of baseball and we are seeing more highlights of soccer on ESPN.
Think about this for one minute because if you are reading this blog it means you are probably a pretty avid soccer person. Think about a friend or two of yours that you know that kind of likes soccer but doesn’t love it like you do. Remember how they were a few weeks ago? They, unlike you, probably had no idea about the Confederations Cup or even what it was about. Fast forward to today and I can bet you that they like most casual sports fans can tell you who and when the US play next on a big time stage (the Mexico game folks…not the Gold Cup).
That’s a big time sign of respect in sports when the average fan knows when the next big game is for a team. Its like that in all sports. You see this a lot in college football or the NFL. I’m hearing more non-soccer guys now say that they are marking their calendars for August 12 for the Mexico game! None of these guys would have even considered giving a rat’s ass about soccer before this past week. These results over the last week have not only gotten people more interested but it means we are gaining steam here.
It’s times like this that MLS can bank on with people getting more interested in the game. I know we are still very far out for the average sports junkie in the US to mark their calendars for a Red Bull-Earthquakes game in April but I honestly believe due to the US results in South Africa we are closer than ever before.
We’ve been wanting respect for our sport for a long time here even with the large amounts of soccer followers in the States. Now the average joe is catching on to the US national team. We couldn’t say that after 2002 but now we can.