Soccer is truly an international sport. Every four years soccer holds one of the best international sporting events, The World Cup. The only other international sporting event that is more popular and brings more people together is the Olympics. The World Cup is the only time Americans have any interest in soccer. Even then, the hardcore soccer fans call ‘foul’ because none of the World-Cup-only-fans are “real” fans. This is one of the major problems with American soccer. These hardcore fans should be happy that more people are getting involved with soccer.
For starters, soccer is not “America’s sport”. America was very late in adopting professional soccer and because of that the US national team barely cracks the top 10 in world competitions. Since the US national team is lackluster compared to our European foes, Americans just turn the other shoulder when it comes to soccer. Americans don’t like soccer because we are not the best in the world at it, and the MLS does not have the best players in the world.
The United States has been blessed with sports leagues. The NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB are the Meccas of their respected sport. Players from all around the world want to make it to those leagues. The MLS is not like that because the best players and competition in the world is in Europe. Since the MLS does not involve the best players and the US National team hardly competes for championships, the MLS as a whole suffers because American’s want the best.