World Football Challenge: Chelsea Win=Bad for Soccer?

Sangyfarha y yo went to the Club America/Chelsea match at the new Cowboys Stadium last week, and for Sang it wasn’t just an international friendly, it was a backwards step for the future of American soccer.

Though surely this has nothing to do with his recent move a week earlier from Addison to South Dallas … in the final minutes of Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Club America, Sang sees a victory that may energize the suburban base, but still doesn’t resonate with the all-important urban demographic that will be necessary for soccer to really take root as a major-major sport in the USA:

Author: Danieldinho

I like soccer.

One thought on “World Football Challenge: Chelsea Win=Bad for Soccer?”

  1. Soccer is without a doubt a uniquely marginalized sport in the United States – likely a fate driven by Peter Ueberroth and Alan Rothenberg, who took advantage of the politically vacuous ground level opportunity given them in the early 80’s.

    Fueled by the huge success of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, Soccer’s new leadership would take away the lessons for successfully marketing brands to a global market, and would promise to repeat that process just ten years later with the World Cup.

    It’s sad to say, but success for soccer in the United States has not historically had anything to do with the game itself or the talent on the field. In fact if either mattered, perhaps our national team would look like something other than a collection of college all stars – the ranks of which have never necessarily equaled the most talented players in this country, though certainly perhaps the most privileged.

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