Inspired by Manchester City's 1-0 victory of Machester United today.
Ask any American what football is, and that person will go on and on about touchdowns, interceptions, field goals, Lombardi, Ditka, Walsh, Montana, Tebow… however, ask any other person from any other country about football, they’ll start talking about Pele, Maradona, Messi, La Liga, the Barclays Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, and the list just keeps on going from there.
Personally, I do not understand America’s indifference to soccer, or football as its called everywhere else on this planet. American culture today is completely obsessed with instant gratification, whether it be the fastest cell phone speed, fast food, and, yes, scoring in American sports (looking at you, basketball and football). Americans are just simply impatient when it comes to watching soccer. We, the “score now” nation, don’t understand that crosses and backward passing are necessary for an offensive attack. And yes, there are long stretches where each team doesn’t score (games even end in scoreless draws)! But when your team finally scores a goal, that feeling of jubilation just gives you a rush down your spine you wouldn’t believe. I never thought I would be genuinely interested in soccer, but I just couldn’t stop watching the World Cup two years ago. I was mostly shocked by the fact that the Americans (who ALWAYS compete for gold in the Olympics, set the standard for basketball, and claim to have the best baseball on Earth) barely made it past the group stage (thanks to English goaltender Robert Green’s butterfingers) and could not beat Ghana. As a nation, it’s in our blood to be the best in everything! So it’s funny how the best American soccer league, the MLS, is laughed at when compared to the top leagues in Europe. Hey, America, one classic saying and I’ll stop ranting: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Let’s ramp up our soccer programs and actually compete!
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