It continues to amaze me how the most watched and arguably the best sport in the world is still considered a second-tier sport in the US. There was a shimmer of hope when the US tied a world respected England team and won their group in the 2010 World Cup. That gained America’s attention. Unfortunately the US went on to lose to Ghana and simultaneously lose most of America’s interest. If you are anything like my entire college dorm and myself then you love playing FIFA. It’s the greatest video game out there and one of the only reasons that most of my friends can name any soccer players. So again, why do Americans not watch soccer like the rest of the world?
Today the US soccer team defeated Guatemala 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier behind Clint Dempsey’s 2 goals and an assist. This further solidifies Dempsey’s reputation as their most valuable player, and shows that when he performs the rest of the team performs as well. Don’t get your hopes up yet soccer fans. This shows that the US is going in the right direction, but we are still far from being a top notch soccer team. I challenge every one of you to show some support in the lead up to the 2014 World cup. Imagine if America focused on soccer as much as we focus on football or baseball, we would undoubtedly secure our spot on the top of the world’s most popular sport. Personally, I think it is time to care America.
Written by Lucas Zender