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Why is soccer unsuccessful in America?

Bubbajaydee2010-05-13 01:37:10 +0000 #1
I'm doing a research paper on soccer, and like many Americans I'm unaware of the sport unfortunately. I want to know you're opinions on the subject. Also How can soccer succeed in America? How would you make the MLS better? Anything would be helpful. How can soccer succeed in America?
Fuςion2010-05-13 01:49:01 +0000 #2
read my theory buddy... im FK Krivaja in that thread

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Yankee Hammer2010-05-13 02:22:58 +0000 #3
The reason soccer hasn't yet been successful in America is mainly because historically there hasn't been a professional league in existence that paid truly great athletes enough money to stay in the game so they move to other sports with a promise of higher wages and accolades before really giving it a chance. This is beginning to change now as the MLS gets better and better. Serious soccer fans will have noticed that the quality of the MLS is far better now than it was even five year ago.

Now that the MLS is coming into its own, the last real barrier to it becoming big in terms of American sports is raising the level of quality to the point that any sports fan will find it entertaining. Having taken American sports fans that know little about the game to see matches in England, I know from experience that with a high quality game, they will watch it and like it. Increasing popular support will funnel more money into the game and continue to give exceptional athletes an incentive to stay in soccer instead of moving to other sports.

The final thing that is impeding this rise in the quality of the players is the fact that in the US, most soccer players now go to college, and spend 4 of the most critical years of their development playing with collegiate athletes, instead of professionals. When the MLS starts to bring in more players directly from high school (or even younger) and develops them amongst professionals like the model in the rest of the world, American soccer will become truly world class and attract a strong following.
Nemisis4202010-05-13 02:56:10 +0000 #4
great post ^^^^ Couldnt have said it better my self
Valpo2010-05-13 02:11:35 +0000 #5
You are forgetting that Europe pays every good American soccer player four times as much money to play in Europe. So as soon as the players are good enough to leave for Europe they do because its worth so much more money.

The only exception in Landon Donaven who after trying to play in Europe just didn't fit in real well there so came back to the US. So the MLS never really has many stars in its ranks that can draw a real fan following. Because as soon as a player becomes good enough to be a star, he leaves for Europe and makes four times as much.

Just look at the national team. . . How many players that are expected to START in the WC play in the MLS. . . Maybe 3 of 11??? MAYBE, the rest are all playing in Europe.
caruiz932010-05-13 03:21:52 +0000 #6
dude go to the away from soccer forum and youall will find a video of damarcus beasly taking a piss on live tv in a match.
Yankee Hammer2010-05-13 03:53:56 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by Valpo

You are forgetting that Europe pays every good American soccer player four times as much money to play in Europe. So as soon as the players are good enough to leave for Europe they do because its worth so much more money.

The only exception in Landon Donaven who after trying to play in Europe just didn't fit in real well there so came back to the US. So the MLS never really has many stars in its ranks that can draw a real fan following. Because as soon as a player becomes good enough to be a star, he leaves for Europe and makes four times as much.

Just look at the national team. . . How many players that are expected to START in the WC play in the MLS. . . Maybe 3 of 11??? MAYBE, the rest are all playing in Europe.

I think I didn't explain what I was thinking correctly - 'cause I was basically saying just what you said - only trying to see how to break out of it - I was looking more at what to do to build the blocks to get money into the MLS so it can compete for players - when the revenue comes in, the players will stay - and then more fans will support the league, to get better yet again - and roll from there.

Donovan should've stayed, and would be a better player now if he had. His taking a few lumps and being out of the spotlight for a couple years on a German side might have given him a chance to learn and develop into a major factor in European Soccer. That example (if he could've reached it) would have had a much bigger impact on American soccer than being an MLS star over the last couple years.
pisulino2010-05-13 02:37:24 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by Bubbajaydee

I'm doing a research paper on soccer, and like many Americans I'm unaware of the sport unfortunately. I want to know you're opinions on the subject. Also How can soccer succeed in America? How would you make the MLS better? Anything would be helpful. How can soccer succeed in America?

First of all, soccer is very successful in America, just look at Brasil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, etc.

You may referring to the United States of America in this case. You are not the only Americans. America is a continent.

Now as for the USA part of the question, American Football, Baseball and Hockey are heavily funded and commercialized in the USA and Canada.

Soccer is in the heart of many North Americans, however there is no serious investment on the sport.

Soccer is kinda "oh let the kids play soccer this summer so that they stay active and it's political correct for parents as well", then in winter they go back to play hockey, and american football.

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