Watching the game with Dortmund taking on Bayern made me think. Why does it seem as if soccer doesn't seem popular in the United States?
Recently, I've found myself watching a lot of soccer matches, whether it be MLS, Premier League, the Champions League Final, whatever. Soccer is obviously extremely popular around the world. Europeans contribute to the style of playing that we know today, and many star players seem to originate from either that little island off the coast or the sunny coastal countries to the South. Nations in the Southern Hemisphere are also known for their soccer skills. Brazil, Argentina. Chile, and all of the others have produced great players and managers to the likes of Carlos Tevez, Ronaldo,Luis Suarez, and Diego Maradona. But why is it that when we move North toward the US, the mind goes blank for a great number of people around the world?
It certainly can't be because of a lack of talent. Sure, we haven't made the next Messi, but Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey aren't school boys. The United States National team have made appearances in the last 6 World Cup tournaments. Sure, we may not be the best, but our players, be it the back 5 or the midfielders and attackers, are definitely are strong force. We even ship out guys like Dempsey to play compete in Barclay's and the Bundesliga. I know, dry spells have occurred, but we've been coming back.
The United States has no shortage of domestic teams, either. Since 1993, the MLS has been giving guys the opportunity to play on the pro level. Even though its still a toddler in the eyes of the monsters of the MLB, NBA, and NFL, the league and other divisions are coming up in the world of popularity. I've been paying a bit more attention to the Major League (especially the Union) as I keep getting more interested in the sport. Old souls like The Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga - the list goes on - have been around for the better part of 100 years in comparison to the MLS, but we American soccer fans still feel like its been here forever.
The grey area is still on the international map, but I think, I hope, its getting smaller. Now, I'm not saying that I don't like foreign leagues, teams, ect, because honestly I followed them before I knew anything about how popular soccer is here. American soccer fans have the same passion of our international counterparts for our home teams, but we still lack something. Who knows what or why. I think American soccer fans are teenagers in a world of wise elders. We may be young, but somehow we've been around forever. Whether you call it football or soccer, the fan base on this side of the pond is huge, and we still have so much more room to grow. Why does it seem as if everyone else doesn't know that? Americans are constantly making our name in the ever-changing world and making it known that here in the States we do care.