For years, soccer has taken a back seat to every other sport in the United States. I know it's been said for the last 20 years, but now is the time for soccer to start to grow in popularity in the United States.
Why now? It's simple—the country and technology are changing. This country has always had a growing immigrant population, and the tradition of soccer will eventually be spread because of the foreigners coming into the country. As the demand increases, soccer will become more visible in media, and will start to gain notoriety in the general public.
More than anything, it is the change in technology that will bring soccer up from the bottom of the totem pole. The reason why soccer has been pushed aside is because all of the worlds best players don't play in the United States. Unlike football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, if someone wants to see the best in the world compete, they have to find a way to watch the action that is taking place overseas.
Now, with the increase in internet and dish channels, the best players in the world will be just a click away.
Youth soccer has been one of the most popular sports amongst youths, so kids will now be able to not only learn the game at a young age, but also be able to idolize some of the best in the world, via the internet or dish.
While I personally don't really understand soccer, I do enjoy the World Cup every four years.
The passion and quality of play is something that cannot be matched at any other sporting event with the exception of the Olympics.
However, like most Americans, I will continue to not care about soccer for another four years.
However, it is the youth players who will be constantly playing soccer and watching it regularly.
They will carry this sport to the top of the interest of this country.