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.
JBQYour 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.
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.
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.