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Published: Tuesday, June 28 2011 9:55 p.m. MDT

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JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

Soccer is a great sport. However, there is trouble developing a following here in the U.S. St. Louis was once the "U.S. capital of soccer" but has fallen on hard times. There are plenty of people here who would support a team. However, the big sports of baseball, football, and hockey have make sure that no comeback is in the offing. Kansas City has a team. That is the big problem with soccer developing in the U.S. There are plenty of people who would support it. However, the "money brokers" do not want it to happen because of competition for a dwindling entertainment dollar. The U.S. team has also hurt because of its nudge toward a "sociological" basis for the team and the evident exclusion of certain ethnic groups.

Nussdorfer AC
Salt Lake City, UT

Fun game last night. Intersting to see 3 CBs on the backline. Schuler did ok at the left back, but he was limited in helping the attack get forward. It was nice so see some of the young guys out there.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

JBQ

Your post was a bit nonsensical. St. Louis hasn't been the U.S. soccer capital since the 50's. Since then, it's been in the Pacific Northwest.

Also, I'm pretty sure that the cities that boast the highest MLS attendance also compete with other sports. LA has two basketball teams, and two baseball teams that play the same season. Heck, LA's even competing against another MLS team for dollars!

Finally, I'm not sure what you mean by the U.S. team not favoring certain ethnic groups. African Americans? Check. Latinos? Yep. Caucasians? Definitely. Sorry there aren't any Americans of Mongolian descent on the U.S. team right now - Mongolia just hasn't been turning out the quality soccer players lately.

AsSOCiation Football
Salt Lake City, UT

Yeah I'm not sure what JBQ is talking about. Soccer continues to grow in popularity. The seattle sounders average more fans than the Mariners. Last week the played in front of more than 46,000 fans. Just because soccer culture isn't exactly alive in St. Louis doesn't mean it's not doing well in other places.

Here in utah there isn't much competition so it's tough to compare. But RSL averages nearly the amount of fans per game as the Utah Jazz. Overall the MLS averages higher attendances than the NBA and the NHL. Google it if you don't believe me. Soccer can and is competing in a tough market.

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