Originally Posted by Tog
Keith Olberman on espn had a few good points about this continual claim of soccer taking over the US. As if the NFL is suddenly going to be crushed. - its not.
[the Commisioner of the NFL gets paid $26 million a year. That should tell you something]
- Stop with imitating the English. Why call Teams in the US "FC" like in England?
- Stop claiming its the best game ever invented and " you just don't understand it" Stop being superior to casual fans.
- have as little to do with FIFA as possible.
You're right, but there is a chance for a slow but steady increase in popularity over the coming decades, and that could be enough to raise the US team to the higher levels given the size and diversity of the population. Just look at what's happened over the last 25 years.
When the US team qualified for the 1990 WC, it was considered a miracle. There were only a few professional players on the team and the rest were college players or semi-pros. In 1994, the national team was being run like it was a full-time professional club because the MLS didn't exist and most of the guys couldn't get signed by clubs in other countries. Now, the MLS has expanded greatly, we've got guys with experience playing for good teams in Europe, and for WC qualifying it's only a question of whether we'll finish 1st or 2nd.
As for the team names, I remember some of the original MLS names like the Kansas City Wizz and the Dallas Burn. Admittedly, Real Salt Lake (imitating Real Madrid) is a stupid name since it's the Spanish word for royal in a country where English is the dominant language and there is no royal family. But, I'd much rather have DC United and FC Dallas than the Wizz and the Burn. Given the other pro sports and colleges have already taken most of the best mascot names, the only way for soccer teams to differentiate themselves without sounding completely ridiculous is to go with FC, United, and so on. After all, you can't really call a soccer team the Bears, Yankees, Broncos, Blackhawks, Seminoles, Cubs, Reds, Bulls, Wolverines, Tigers, Kings, Raiders, Cardinals, and so on without them clashing with teams from other sports.
Edited by CerebralVortex - 7/3/14 at 8:06am