How about a photo?
FYI, BYU does have a hockey team (ACHA, I presume you know what that means).
Granted, they're not the Redwings, but for fans it's still great to watch.Also, as a rugby fan (both league and union), I agree that the new stadium at
South Field could be used... hopefully the extra lines wouldn't confuse either
team...If anyone's actually been to a BYU womens or mens soccer match, you
realize how desperately this upgrade was needed. Thank you BYU!
BYU was a Div. I soccer school back in the 80's (1983-1987) but because of Title
IX, and because of some rules violations (i.e. cheating) the team was disbanded
and went back to the club or intramural level. Bored with winning everything at
that level, BYU moved up to the PDL, which is just a tad higher that a
collegiate DI team (pretty comparable though). Just thought I could inform some
of the readers here.
a soccer game that ended 3-1??? what world are you living in? that's 4 soccer
games' worth of scoring.
The couple of people that suggested that ice hockey would outdraw the 2 time
defending MWC champs basketball team at the "Big Mac" (by the way no one has
called the Marriott Center that for about 20 years, you sound old) is
rediculous. BYU hockey is popular among the students and has good attendance at
the Peaks arena, but I would compare it to Men's Volleyball, a team that has a
ton of support among students, but not a lot of interest from the community in
general. As far as soccer in Utah goes, I doubt I will ever attend a
BYU soccer or RSL game but I hope RSL does well, if only to prove to some rich
investor that Utah would be a good home for another pro sports team (Baseball)?
The D1 comment makes sense if coming from somebody who doesn't know what's going
on with BYU men's soccer. The stadium idea is great for both the women's D1 team
and the men's professional team especially given the program goals to eventually
become a USL First Division team. FYI, PDL is already a higher
level of play than NCAA D1. Also, the reason BYU didn't become an NCAA D1 team
is rooted in Title IX which has done more to damage than to help women's
athletics. Nonetheless, I also blame BYU for not putting more emphasis into the
minor sports like wrestling, men's gymnastics, women's field hockey, etc. Once
the big building is paid for, I would love to see BYU re-invest in minor sports
with the windfall coming from football and MTN.
Well those who think soccer is boring are obviously bad judges of their time
since they read articles that don't interest them in the first place.I am
a player for the men's soccer team and would just like to comment about the
previous question "what have these players done?".. Every p[layer on our
team had the opportunity to play at d-1 scholarship schools but turned it down
to play here. Because like coach Watkins told us when we were recruited.. we
could beat any d-1 team in the country. And every year we play a few college
teams such as d-1 UNLV last year, and beat them. We play profesional soccer and
compete for a national championship. The sport will keep growing and
these BYU programs will continue to establish themselves at the best in the
Re: HOCKEY...The Delta Center is NOT a good hockey arena. it was built for
basketball and circuses. and even then it's not a great basketball venue. Hockey
was never meant to be played in the Delta Center during the Olympics. You need
to check out the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visualize a great ice
hockey arena. The Big MAC in Provo would definitely draw a great crowd for
hockey and on average more fans would attend than BYU bball which was only
seeing 10K plus change in fans on average this year. basketball is in no way as
exciting as quality ice hockey. (and don't put the Grizzlies in the category of
quality - it's bush league minor league.) a good solid Div. 1 NCAA hockey game
is amazing. the atmosphere at a regular season game can only be rivaled perhaps
by Final Four basketball games in comparison.
as far as the question 'who is shoving soccer down your throats?'it's gov
huntsman. and checketts. and the construction workers on 94th. shove it
down our throats by wasting millions and millions of taxpayer dollars on it, and
5 or 6 years from now, don't be surprised when we barf it all back up by way of
a deserted stadium and an ownership group on the first train out of town.
'You're sentiments that soccer is boring are your own.'as are your
sentiments that everyone loves soccer. the only reason that 700 billion more
people watch soccer than the super bowl is because 95 percent of the world is
dirt poor and soccer is the only sport they can afford to play. that doesn't
mean it's better.
You're sentiments that soccer is boring are your own. Just as many people in
America think "American Football" is boring or basketball. Combined those
sports (especially the use of numerous "time outs" make those sports boring. I
am an American, and a native Utahn who absolutely LOVES soccer, women's or
men's. I think people would be surprised at how many people in Utah and America
love soccer.Unlike American Football you don't have to be big to be
successful, and unlike Basketball you don't have to be tall to be successful, I
have no idea why Americans continue to call "Football" football. It makes no
sense.I'm weird, I like all sports. Love to watch football,
basketball, hockey, etc., and believe it or not soccer (I refer to this as
football). Although I HATE timeouts. IF you hate something like soccer, don't
do it. There are so many other things you and your kids could do with their
...that someone would come into a forum on a soccer article and take their time
and energy to diss a sport they find boring. I would no more waste my time
reading an article about baseball (let alone taking the time to comment on it),
than I would sit on the curb and watch cars go by. Go figure!There's
no question that most soccer at the lower levels (and some at the higher levels)
is boring. I refer to it as "swarm" soccer--everyone runs for the ball. The real
problem w/kids' soccer in Utah is ball handling, not scoring. If you sent your
kid to play softball and they couldn't catch the ball when it's thrown to them,
or throw it to another player so he or she can catch it, or hit the ball some of
the time, they'd get laughed off the field. Most parents can throw, hit and
catch, so they teach their kids those basic skills before they try out for the
team.How many parents can trap, pass or shoot a soccer ball? There's
the problem. No skills = boring soccer. It's universal in team sports: good
teams have the basic skills down cold.
Thats cool the soccer program is getting its dues!I cant wait for
the day when Lavell Edwards Stadium is fully enclosed and when there is enough
fans willing to fill it week in and week out!
I think you've figured out how to make soccer more interesting, make each goal
worth more points! Yeah, that will do it! (Tongue firmly in cheek)
Soccer is boring. The end. Don't defend it. No one cares. It does take
strength, speed, and skill to compete at soccer. It is tough mentally to run
around in circles for hours and not lose interest. Why do you think people riot
at soccer games? It is because they literally go crazy after watching the game
for two hours.
RR....When the score of a footbll game is 21-7 that means there was only 4
touchdowns scored. In soccer that would be 3-1. Your argument does not hold
water for football. I have coached and cheered for all of my children as they
have played soccer and other sports over the past 23 years. Every time I heard a
child say that they were bored with the game it ment they did not have the
strength,speed nor the skill level to compete. Its OK. Go BYU Soccer!! Thanks to
the boosters who were so generous. Thanks to the administration and coaching
staff. Have fun , Son.
There are on D-1 teams in Utah for mens soccer because of Title IX. It keeps
mens teams from happening. So there is your problem. DOWN WITH TITLE IX
what caliber do they have now? what have these players done?...it's low grade
professional, not top notch :(
I too think soccer is boring. I played when I was a kid, and got bored too
fast. Soccer is not a U.S. sport, and that's why people don't catch on. I don't understand why a person would enroll his kids in a sport he
thinks is boring, then coach those kids. That argument was meaningless.
Personally, I like sports where they score a lot. Basketball, football, and
volleyball are fun to watch because scoring happens often, and often in very fun
ways! I get bored when a ball is just going back and forth and back and forth
and scoring rarely happens (hockey, soccer, baseball).
That would be a downgrade from the level they're currently competing at. The
scholarships would be nice, but they probably couldn't attract the caliber of
athletes that they are now.
They should just use Real's new stadium in Sandy. It will undoubtedly be empty
by the 2010 season and will be beggin for crows of 2,000 people.
First off more kids would play soccer longer if it were as popular as any other
sport. Right now you have to be a die hard to stick with the sport, I think the
MLS is growing, and having a local pro-team will be huge for generations to come
if the League plays its cards right. I'd say Soccer is where basketball was in
the early 50's, or the NFL in the 30's... back when baseball ruled.Soccer is actually my favorite sport and I really wanted to see them go D1
until UVSC talked about it, only to find that all D1 programs were in California
besides 2 in Colorado, and the University of New Mexico. I'm sure people can
argue that the Volleyball team has to deal with an almost all California
schedule too, but they don't have to compete with the Football team for fans
during the fall like an NCAA soccer team would. I like that the
men's team is a pro-team anyway. I'm sure the players hate that they have to
live by the rules of any BYU athlete without the option for a scholarship. I'm
excited for a nice stadium to watch them play.
Why would your kids play a sport that they think is boring. I like soccer, I
enjoy playing it and I also have coached it. If I didn't like it I would not
play - duh! I don't like softball and think it is boring therefore I don't
Don't throw meaningless stats around. We don't live in other parts of the
world, we live in the U.S. I'm so tired of that argument. Yes my comment does
apply to those millions of other people. They play soccer because they don't
have anything better to do. Listen, I have three children, they all play
soccer, and I coach one of their teams and soccer is boring. It's boring to
watch, play, and coach. That's just a fact.
"...realize the error of their ways." Does your comment apply to the hundreds
of millions in other countries where soccer is the most popular sport? Over 715
million people watched the 2006 World Cup Final match compared to 100 million
for the NFL Super Bowl.just curious..who is shoving soccer
down your throats?
A lot of youth do a lot of things then they grow up and realize the error of
their ways. Soccer is boring and Real Salt Lake will be gone within 5 years.
Quit shoving soccer down our throats.
With more soccer players per capita than any state in the US - BYU Soccer is a
great thing for all the kids and player parents in the valley. Especially since
Real Salt Lake is much more expensive and farther away!The UC Strikers
Soccer Club is proud of our association with BYU Men's & Women's soccer
team/club and look forward to a long & successfull partnership.UC Strikers
Board of Directors
How about sharing the field with the rugby team? Perennial powerhouse rugby has
to play on a sloped field with wobbly goal posts and temporary stands that don't
hold all the fans and no one worries about them. They play on the same sized
field as the soccer teams and play at different times of the year, so there's no
scheduling conflicts. How about some love for the rugby guys?
It's about time that soccer has a home. More youth play soccer than any other
sport in Utah. Way to go BYU!
Ice Hockey may be a decent draw, but draw more than basketball??? Even the
Olympic Men's Ice Hockey was not a big enough draw to bump short track speed
skating and figure skating out of the Delta Center.
With my job I walk to the Smithfield house about 1-2 days a week , Their is
alot of action that goes on their, I have been to many sproting events their it
is a fun place to go & seim , and stuff like that, but the other day as I was
coming home I really noticed that it needed, a makeover, It will be nice when
they get it done, and make it alot nicer to use the facilities,
after the soccer field is completed, then let's get an ice plant in the Big Mac
and start both a men's and women's div 1 ice hockey team programs...guaranteed
more attendance than basketball.
Good start. I think BYU needs to replace the Smith Fieldhouse as well.
Phase I should be getting D1 mens program, followed closely by getting D1 mens