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  1. IcyPatriot

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    Anyone who saw this great/horrible game is probably still shaking teir head. Almost impossible to see this much offense with a goose egg score.

    Seriously...it was fun to watch but both teams have o be pissed off right now that they did not win...the chances were there...glad I watched it.
     
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    I was shocked that Barca didn't score, considering Ronaldinho plays for them. They should've shown Arsenal-Juventus instead. Ohh well...

    You watch a lot of soccer, FBN?
     
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    I watch some...my son 18yrs old has played since 6 and I learned the game while coaching him. My 6 year old has been playing since he was 2...a lefty who loves to score goals. His soccer teacher is Portuguese and loves Benfica. I have many Cape Verdean friends who love Benfica...so I have sort of adopted them as my fun to watch team.

    My older son played for an excellant English coch who grew up outside of Liverpool. He used to take public transportation at the age of 8 to watch the games...Man U / Arsenal...so I naturally took those games in also.

    So I love soccer...I get it(don't need tons of goals). It's a great team game because one weak link on the field can coast you a game. Kind of true in football but way more true in soccer. So I enjoy that every ball contest is like a play in football...sometimes better.

    I wish I had time to watch more...but it is hard. My 6 year old loves it though...he either puts on cable channel 134 (racing) or 131 Fox Sports World which is soccer(in English). We get other soccer channels but having it in English is better when you are 6.

    BTW...so glad I gave up the political forum...it was killing my Patriots forum posting...I see you rarely venture there yourself...good for you.
     
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    Sounds like soccer in the USA is in good shape then! We need and are starting to see more families like yours. I wish I played more soccer when I was a kid (I become a fan through video games and then TV/internet); tell them to enjoy it.

    Yeah, I still browse there maybe two or three days a week and make the odd post, however I try to avoid political posting like the plague. It just gives me a headache... it also takes away from time on the football part of the site.
     
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    Soccer is going to be especially huge for the women here. My daughter had to play boys soccer at a young age because she was as athletic as they were. .

    Anyways...she is now 20 and the girls who were 2-3 years behind her had much better enrollment in soccer leagues. So those girls right now are Juniors, SR.s and starting college...in say 8 years many of them will be married starting a family...they will coach their daughters which was a luxury my daughter did not have. Also...their younger sisters are getting scholled by them and will be the new pro's in the next pro soccer league.

    So...right @ 2015-2020 womens soccer will be the #1 women's sport in the country. Their league...once again attempted will be a major sport and will make money....bet on it.
     
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    Isn't women's soccer already just as big as women's basketball (which is really the only other competing women's sport) ?

    Kinda like how the WNBA is today... :p
     
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    On soccer's popularity :

    - It's never going to be huge. No-one here cares. No-one being a relative term, of course a few people care. I was born in England, lived there until 12 and played soccer through high school and it was my sport. But give it up, guys, it 'ain't happening. When I was in high school in the early '80s everyone said how popular it would be when my generation became adults. Well, 20-25 years later nothing has changed.

    - Women's sports ? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
     
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    Although it would be nice, whether U.S. Soccer or the MLS becomes popular in America doesn't really bother me. We already have four sports over here and I'm only interested in English Premiership soccer anyway. Agree 100% about women's sports... it does nothing for me.
     
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    Fair point. Interestingly, you could take that post, substitute soccer for American Football and you would have the state of the NFL over here in a nutshell, sadly.
     
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    Yeah, I think Europe has it's sports that it's happy with and the U.S. has it's sports that it's happy with. It would be exceedingly difficult for a "new" sport to move in. The NHL sort of did and NASCAR has so it's possible but not easy. If soccer were to, I think it would have done so by now.
     
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    Actually, I think that the situation is also different in one important respect. Soccer now has a remarkably strong playing base in the U.S.A. (both sexes); football doesn't have in Europe and won't have in any foreseeable future.

    Of course, that doesn't translate automatically into a mass tv audience, but I think it means that there will be some demand and level of interest for watching soccer even without a major marketing effort; that isn't the case for football in Europe. It stands or falls with the effectiveness of the NFL in promoting it (at present, they are very ineffective, in my opinion).
     
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    In theory you're right. And there may well be a better market here for soccer vs. there for American Football. But we've had the strong soccer playing base in the 6-18 age group for 25 years or so and it still doesn't catch on for the viewing public.
     
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    When I played soccer in the U.S. 25 years ago it really was (in every sense) a minority thing, at adult level, at least -- and the national team was a joke. Now it is much stronger and there is a credible national side with players in major leagues overseas. I think that will make quite a difference.
     
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    OK, I was talking about youth soccer that would grow up as a generation liking soccer. You are certainly correct about our national team. I think them playing in the World Cup is viewed kind of like the Olympics, they show up every four years then disappear . . . to the average American.
     

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