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More perspective on the United States' win

Great stuff today from George Vescey in The New York Times:

Nobody in the American soccer federation will dare to claim that this was the day the country came of age in the world’s most important sport. Not until American boys and girls play feral soccer on their own, for the love of the sport, will the nation develop its own Jordan, its own Pujols, its own Crosby or Malkin, its own Maradona.

But this was a step, the product of many intricate changes, some of them made by Bob Bradley, the American coach who was under attack in blogs in recent weeks. (Yapping about the coach is a great step forward for the United States.)

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The problem with Americans' interest in soccer has to do with marketing by competing sports. Americans would have watched soccer if reporters did not shun the game on purpose in news and react to it with disdain. Soccer rarely makes front page in almost anything with wide circulation in the US. This contrasts with the way the game is seen everywhere else in the world. I am not sure why sportscasters, sport reporters and the media, including ratio and TV, make it a point of not covering soccer players and their games. But, they surely never missed an opportunity to report negative stories on soccer players, fans, and the game. For the public to have interest in a club, game and competition in any sport, it must have an interest in the players. That interest is generated by media coverage. Look at how parents watch with passion the games badly played by their children and their classmatesin almost any sport! The day soccer is treated fairly by the media in the USA, the other sports popularity will falter. That fear is what drives soccer news to the last page of any major sports news vehicle and rarely on the front page.

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