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United States Soccer: Why It Will Survive the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Beyond

ANTIGUA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA - OCTOBER 12:  Eddie Johnson #18 of the United States celebrates scoring a goal during a World Cup Qualifying game against Antigua and Barbuda at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on October 12, 2012 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer ISeptember 2, 2016

Eddie Johnson scored the two goals that saved the USA from missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Johnson scored the goals in the match between the U.S. and Antigua and Barbuda held in the Caribbean.

The victory gives the United States three points, good for first place in the Group A CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. While this is great news, the Americans still have a match against Guatemala next week.

This will be an equally important battle at home for the future of U.S. soccer. Brian Strauss of Sporting News published an article outlining the consequences for U.S. soccer if the American team misses the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The consequences, according to Strauss, would range from the loss of sponsors to attacks from people who do not like soccer. 

I think otherwise.

U.S. soccer will survive the 2014 FIFA World Cup and beyond because of the following reasons.

 

Cascadia Cup

U.S. soccer and Major League Soccer (MLS) will continue to have unconditional followers. An example is the large number of followers in the Pacific Northwest areas of Oregon and Washington, known as Cascadia.

The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC faced each other on October 7, 2012, in the Cascadia Cup, held in Seattle, with more than 65,000 people in attendance.

The amount of supporters for both teams with their banners and scarfs showed the amount of support for U.S. soccer and Major League Soccer.

 

Preteens and Early Teens

The future of U.S. soccer is in the hands of the preteens and early teens. A poll taken by ESPN with a h/t to SI reveals that soccer is second place in popularity among non-Hispanic American children in those age groups.

The poll reveals that soccer remains first place for Hispanic American children of this age bracket. We are witnessing the increasing development of soccer camps in America, according to Curtis Stevenson of South Florida High School Sports.

 

Celebrity Support

FOX Soccer has a slideshow of celebrities, such as Will Ferrell and Samuel L. Jackson, supporting soccer. Drew Carey is an avid supporter of the MLS, especially the Seattle Sounders FC.

 

Conclusion

While attendance and the younger generation do their parts to support U.S. soccer, we should be proactive. The comparisons with Europe and the rest of the world must stop.

The history of U.S. soccer is beginning, and we must do our part to support it. We should ban the negative thoughts of those who do not like U.S. soccer.

The supporters of U.S. soccer (and the MLS) must nurture the sport. The support must be there in good times as well as bad.

In spite of the sponsors, the ultimate decision rests with us. We must keep the banners of U.S. soccer and the MLS flying high.

My best wishes to the B/R supporters of U.S. soccer. Until next time.

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