Always highs and lows in sports. RSL could have a terrific run in the MLS this
year and qualify again for the CCL next year.
OK Brad, we get it: you don't like soccer. Fine. Now go write about something
else, preferrably something you understand and/or care about.
They did not qualify for next year's CONCACAF. This MLS year results will
provide teams for the 2012-2013 CONCACAF.
@ Brad RockWhen did anyone ever claim soccer would become the most popular
sport in america?The fact is the TV ratings and the number of players in
the U.S. has doubled in the last 12 years alone. Despite that fact I think most
soccer fans will admit that the MLS will most likely never surpass the NFL or
the NBA in popularity. What will eventually happen IMO is it will pass hockey
and MLB. World cup soccer already has passed the MLB, NBA and NHL
in TV ratings. In fact there were 3 team USA world cup games that had higher TV
viewership than the Boston V lakers NBA finals last year. The world cup final
had 24 million viewers trumping all of the NBA finals games.
I don't really care for most of Brad Rock's columns, but I think he is correct
in at least one aspect here: RSL blew it last night. As I slumped further down
in my couch with every Monterrey flop or feigned injury or every RSL shot that
just missed the goal, I began thinking to myself: RSL is losing a great
opportunity here.The truth is, I am not so certain that FIFA even
wants soccer to be popular in the U.S. I don't like to cry
officiatiing-conspiracies, but after what happened to poor Beckerman in Mexico
and then Monterrey's joke of a display last night, I believe that there was no
way FIFA was going to let a U.S.-based club play in the Club World Cup. I'm as disappointed as any other RSL fan and that isn't half as
disappointed as our players seem to be. It will be interesting to see if they
can rebound against Portland on the road this weekend, in a hostile environment.
Maybe our side can win the MLS cup again, but that pales in comparison to what
they could have done in December.
@ myself Couldn't agree with you more.RSL had several
chances but unfortnately with Beckerman taken out last week I believe it made a
difference.Move on and let's reset. Thanks for the great run RSL!
@myself, 24 million is not that many. You sure about that figure?
24 million is more than the NBA finals had in any single game last year. It's
also more than any MLB or NHL game last year. Not saying its big like 125
million super bowl big. But bigger than those sports.Tv by the
numbers is my source on those figures. Yes I am sure go ahead and look it up
I would like to mention that there was a FIFA World Club championship 2000
played in Brazil. This tournament was won by Corinthians who defeated fellow
Brazilians Vasco da Gama in the final.Even world famous team Manchester
United representing Europe failed to make an impression. Oceania was represented
by Australian team South Melbourne FC (aka Hellas ) to Greek-Australian fans who
played very well against world class teams from Europe and South America.It is important for RSL to play as many friendly games or partake in
international tournaments against top clubs from Europe and South America. Such
exposure can only help RSL to become an even better team than it is now.