What Increased TV Coverage in the States Means for US Soccer

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIMay 31, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - MAY 30: Members of team USA pose for a photo before the start of their International friendly game against Brazil at FedExField on May 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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US Soccer has been on the television a lot since the 2010 World Cup, with virtually every game the team has played being televised on the ESPN Family of Networks, NBC or other channels such as Galavision, Telefutura or Univision.

All the US team's games in 2012 have been broadcast on any one of these channels, and their upcoming friendly game against Canada on June 3 can be seen on NBC and/or Univision.

This is all good news for the US team, but what exactly does it mean?

All the increased TV coverage in the States means US Soccer is being taken more seriously domestically, and the increased coverage means networks are beginning to believe the team is becoming a stronger force in World Football.

Interest in the team has continued to grow in every major tournament, and that will only continue as time goes on.That increased interest comes off the back of the team's performances in the 2010 World Cup and close results against the likes of Argentina and France.

For that interest to continue, the performances must continue as well.

The team has done a good job of that so far this year, with a historic win over Italy creating quite a buzz, and the more recent win over Scotland giving interested parties even more to be happy about.

The loss to Brazil last night didn't do them any favors, but it still gives viewers an idea of the level they're playing at and how far they have to go.

US Soccer has gotten some more respect worldwide, and with virtually every team's upcoming games being easily accessible for viewers, it seems they are getting more respect on the domestic level as well.