In the midst of a fantastic World Cup come all the haters and naysayers of soccer. They come out about every four years or so, rear their ugly head about the 'beautiful game,' lamenting all the while of all the soccer dominating the ESPN landscape.
Poor things. Must be awful to put up with a sport the entire world loves a few weeks every four years.
Yet, Ann Coulter (Ann Coulter?) wrote a diatribe on the problem with soccer, showing admirable restraint (sarcasm intended) by holding off "for a decade" in writing about soccer. Whether this article was a hyperbolic farce intended for shock value and hits to her site, who knows (this, coming from someone who linked to her article that will generate even more hits--so, you're welcome, Ann).
But it's all over, isn't it? The USMNT advanced. But what did I hear all over talk radio here in Denver? "Man, I just can't get past celebrating when you lose. It's American to only celebrate a win."
Nothing came up in the conversation about how we qualified for the World Cup.
Nothing came up about us beating Ghana and then tying a Top 5 ranked team that we outplayed for 93 1/2 minutes.
And nothing came up about holding a Top 3 German team to one goal.
Sure, we needed Portugal to help, but hey, the USMNT earned their spot. They advanced. It may not be your way, but be proud of our boys.
- The USA is becoming a mainstay at the World Cup, and their advancing out of the proverbial Group of Death goes a long way to increase the intrigue.
- With less and less parents allowing their children to play football due to the severity of the injuries incurred, soccer will benefit greatly.
- Soccer will increase more and more if the US teams don't dive like other countries. If we do it right, then that will gain us more respect.
- When the MLS fails to be seen as a league to prep folks for Europe, or as a rest-home for aging European stars, that will benefit the perspective of American soccer.