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  • Sounds right.. Cedar city, UT
    July 6, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    Utah blue devil, you can't compare ratings to a World Cup game and mlb regular season games. That event happens every 4 years of course it gets good ratings. Try comparing mls ratings to baseball regular season and it is not even close. Soccer will not pass the big 3 sports as long as the mls is about the 5th best league in soccer. It is basically a minor league feeder to the European leagues.

  • UT Brit London, England
    July 6, 2014 2:24 a.m.


    Yeah nothing precise about soccer. I assume you speak as someone who has played the sport extensively? Tell you what as its not a precise sport I give you a challenge. Go and try and do the pass that Messi gave di Maria yesterday. I will be generous and give you 1000 goes at it.

    Why not make the basketball hoop 10ft wide? Why not make the end zones three times as big?
    If you have played soccer for any length of time you can see why the offside rule is important.

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    July 5, 2014 2:59 p.m.

    Americans have gotten accustomed to sports that require precision -- baseball, basketball, football, volleyball. With all the long kicks, loose passing, and turnovers, soccer is too hap-hazard and imprecise for most American sports viewers.

    And for cryin' out loud, would you please get rid of the off-sides rule! Change the rules to favor more offense, and you may gain tens of millions more fans.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    re: UtahBlueDevil

    "At the college level, Soccer has already passed baseball for 3rd place in viewer ship and attendance at games."

    I see lacrosse on more frequently than soccer. There is much more baseball on than lacrosse. Further, Espn has broadcast the College World Series from Omaha (mid June) for as long as I can recall.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2014 10:54 p.m.

    Americans can watch whatever sport they like. Do people watch what they are told to watch?

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    July 4, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    Not me.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    July 4, 2014 7:06 p.m.

    I've become a fan and my ancestors are all pre-revolution.

  • Soccer30 Cedar City, UT
    July 4, 2014 5:28 p.m.

    I am a first generation soccer fan. I love playing and watching the game. Anyone who says the game is inherently boring to watch, does not fully understand it. Most sports are boring to watch if you do not understand the details. My children already love the game. Anyone who says soccer cannot grow in America, is not well informed. Anyone who says it will pass basketball or football within the next 30 years is also not well informed.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    July 4, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    At the college level, Soccer has already passed baseball for 3rd place in viewer ship and attendance at games. While not the same as pro, this is where things percolate up from. Baseball has been in a death spiral for more than a decade and the numbers continue to drop. USA soccer over their 4 games in Brazil had more views than many baseball teams had over an entire year.

    It is a long way away from knocking off Football and Basketball.... but the battle is just beginning for MLB and Hockey.

  • USNGary San Diego, CA
    July 4, 2014 12:55 p.m.


  • higv Dietrich, ID
    July 4, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    Soccer is a popular youth sport in America however I don't think it will ever be a popular spectator sport contrary to what some people say.

  • USNGary San Diego, CA
    July 4, 2014 10:55 a.m.