Turning the Page
Like it or not, we’re becoming a soccer country
This week on “Turning the Page” I want to make an observation that I had when watching the U.S. Mens’ Soccer team hammer Mexico, 2-0, to qualify for its seventh consecutive World Cup this past week. It’s something I had been expecting for a while, but I think it’s time to finally say it. America has turned the corner on soccer. We’re becoming a soccer country.
Some of the lag when it came to accepting “the beautiful game” has been attritbuted to the fact that baseball, basketball and football tend to rule youth participation in this country. However, after watching USMNT play in front of a sold-out crowd in Columbus, Ohio, this past week, it’s clear soccer is trending upward.
The first “soccer town” popping up was a crucial step in this transformation of American sports. Now, as far as I can tell, there are at least two of them, with a possibility of expansion.
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